Imagine for a moment that we could not be seen—
Would we be righteous or
Overwhelmed by our unchallenged desires?
Like Gollum or Gyges,
When we are stripped of our identities—
Do we not become stripped of our humanity?
And what of those we choose not to see,
The forgotten and the unnoticed—
What becomes of their humanity?
I would expect we would not shut our eyes to pain and loneliness,
But the game we played when we were three or four—
“If I can’t see you, you can’t see me!”
Is a game that stays with us
And is practiced and perfected
Until we are left with fleeting flashes of empathy