Our Responsibility

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Brian Hogan

I’ve stolen money

and I’ve given my money away

I’m not a hoodlum and I’m not Robin Hood

You know it’s funny

how black and white make grey

What’s wrong or right? Or fair; or bad; or good?


I’ve been jealous

and I’ve been the one betrayed

I’m not a monster, nor am I a victim slain

I’ve been zealous

my mistakes have been displayed

but without forgiveness, all messes leave a stain.


I’ve been beaten up

and I’ve thrown a sucker punch

I’m not a bully and I’m not a punching bag

But I keep my chin up

because I have hope, it’s just a hunch

love is winning; and this is coming from a fag.


Nobody’s flawless

Though we all think our shit don’t stink

We don’t need saviors, we need to find our common ground

Becoming lawless

Will lead us quickly to the brink

shake more hands, break less bones, a new way must be found. 


The president isn’t yearning

to save us from ourselves

Either one is a paid-off talking head

Self-reliance is worth learning

Don’t be sheep, or little elves

Work together and know your neighbor, because Washington is dead.


The system’s broken

It can fix nothing, just as it was designed

Take back your power, and talk more with each other

A vote is just a token

compared to the power of your mind

Let’s solve one problem, and then let’s solve another.

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About Brian

About Brian

Brian is a Writer, Clarity Coach, Filmmaker and Adjunct Professor who loves teaching and learning, and living in the uncertainty of it all.

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