T. L. Cooper


Living in our own little worlds
Ignoring the pain outside
Rewriting our role in destruction
Focused on our own trivialities
Blaming others for the mistakes we make
Avoiding our part in the solution
Pushing our beliefs on others
Avoiding the truth before us
Shifting the story to fit our needs
Running from our responsibilities to others
Turning a blind eye when it hurts
Feeling the pain only when it hits home
Wishing someone would fix it

Until we embrace
Our role in the world
Our responsibilities to humankind
The impact of our actions
The interconnectivity of the world
The story outside our own daily existence
We will remain

T. L. Cooper grew up in Tollesboro, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Corrections and Juvenile Services and a minor in Psychology. Her short stories, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and books. She is the author of the novel, All She Ever Wanted. Currently, she and her husband live in Albany, Oregon. For more information, please visit www.tlcooper.com.

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