Doctrine

Lacking courage or conviction you allow
the bigot to your home
and perhaps after a decade of
gaslighting and subtle control
of being told what you cannot
and must not and should not
it could be understood

Where once free spirit reigned now
an echo of a lost chorus faint and forgot
creeping normality of strict control
at the one-time cost of your soul
and the tyranny of small decisions
that gave up your self

So, without a word to stand for right
you accept this state of being
this lack of principled act in favour
of lying low and swallowing any sense
of right or wrong
choosing not to rock boats
you lose your soul instead