Pruning Time

To write, or not to do so,
in ink, pixels, or pencil;
to express my views or not,
and risk being deplatformed?

I am aware of the climate
of intolerance, sprung up
from the same inflexible voices,
in the hallways of Universities.

The seasons are changing
and the times are rearranging;
the values of the past have become,
like branches that must be pruned.

Yet, each time they grow anew,
they are trimmed back even further;
until, perhaps, nothing will be left,
except the barren trunk of a tree.

And, when that is reduced to nothing
except for a stump, planted firmly in the ground,
the seedlings will quietly sprout up elsewhere,
remaining hidden, until the light reappears.

11 Comments

  1. I understand your worries about cancel culture. Although this doesn’t relate as much to the core of your message, I liked this line “in ink, pixels or pencils.” I don’t often think in terms of “writing in pixels,” although that’s what I do the most. 🙂

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  2. A very astute description of the state of things, Tzvi. Overpruning as an analogy works so well here. And I totally understand the dilemma of whether or not you should express your true feelings on a public platform because you’re not sure how they’ll be received. Great write 🙂

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  3. This is incredibly powerful! I especially resonate with; “The seasons are changing
    and the times are rearranging; the values of the past have become, like branches that must be pruned.” 💝

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