Consequence Offence19

Another of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green as a writing prompt. Merely edited for typos (did I get them all?)


Law 19: Do Not Offend the Wrong Person

It was something I wrote?

I’ll have to face the consequences

no I don’t wish I hadn’t said it

not that it was actually me

it was a character

what was true to that character

is not necessarily true to me

as person

some people can’t tell the difference

what can I do

not write from that p.o.v

force every character to reflect

my personal perspective

or do I have to mutter tigger warning

tigger warning

every time I open my mouth

every time I write something

or was it the fact that I might offend them

that offended them

maybe it wasn’t anything I wrote

but my suspicion is

they are too sensitive

too reactionary

and that I was going to go ahead anyway

indifferent to them

was it my arrogance

my willingness to be so cavalier

with their feelings about it

I don’t even know who they are

but clearly they hold a position of power

that’s my regret

to be judged by a stranger

deemed unworthy

not suited to be included

which isn’t fine by me

so it’s not an even playing field

but I’m not a person with power

I can’t be bothered striking back

that would make a bad situation worse


take 2

that you offended me is enough

to ask why

shows how little respect you have

for me

or for anyone else for that matter

no one owes you an explanation

that I am offended

it’s sufficient for you to be humbled

for you to face the consequences

your lack of awareness of your actions

will be corrected

until they are you will be treated

with distrust

dismay distaste

those with this lack of

sensitivity to the needs of others

don’t merit anything more

I can’t be bothered beyond this point

in fact you will never know

things have changed between us

I’ll become less communicative

saying nothing’s the only hint I’ll drop

there’ll be no response

to any inquiry

no returned texts

emails will go directly to trash


I will be closed to you

not followed but not unfriended

that takes too much action

there will be no final goodbye

no explanation

because I don’t even want to hear your apology

your rationalization

I’ll sleep well


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