Image by CWMartin

do not mistake
my indifference
for an emotion
it is not
it’s quite the oppsite
of an emotion
it is neither hate
nor love
for if i loved you
i would defend you
and it i hated you
i would fight you
but i am
indifferent to you
so you
do not exist


Point-Counter Point Challenge:  For those of you have been following the challenges between Jade and I, you are aware that several challenges have taken place over the course of the last few months.  This time, the challenge was to be initiated by me and I decided to change the rules a little…well a lot.  Here’s how it works this time.  Each poet provides the other poet with  five quotations that must be addressed from the opposite point of view as the original quote. Here is the final quote that Jade provided to me:  “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”  – Elie Wiesel

25 thoughts on “whatever…

  1. Somehow – I hear the dog saying these words. It’s a great statement of ambivalence.

    Are you a dog whisperer???

    Happy Friday my friend

    moon Smiles

  2. This one was my favorite quote of all. I’m so glad you chose this one as a final response… Thank you with all my heart for another awesome challenge which made me think, re-evaluate, re-shape and understand myself better!

  3. Nicely put … I guess I’m mostly indifferent … but need to practice being more indifferent relative to politics, etc.
    PS … I like the picture, which I recognize.

  4. Wiesel is a good choice. This particular quote is an excellent choice. Most impressive poem in the spirit of it … Congratulations.

    Meanwhile, this is our cat’s attitude exactly. Maybe we can learn from the animals.

  5. Wonderfully write Charles but have to say that I don’t like indifference…the words for if I loved you, I would defend you, stands out to me. Of course…..and the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference…a wow moment for me 🙂 You take my breath away every single time xx Well done my friend xx

  6. Love the photo – it goes perfectly with the theme. I don’t like being at the receiving end of indifference myself… to stir not one iota of feeling in the other, as somebody said: ouch! Indifference = complete lack of emotion of any kind, yes.

  7. Your writings are powerful, they strike many cords. Too many are indifferent in our world, hence the mess it is in these days.

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