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It’s Nothing to Do With Me

We judge with no pity,

Not a shred of mercy,

What we watch avidly

On the news.

With relief

That we have done nothing wrong.

We have no responsibility,

No responsibility for the crime

That we condemn


We revel in a murder or two

With Poirot or Maigret

And admire how the guilt of others is exposed.

For we are in the clear

And spotless.

Nothing to do with us.

We say how terrible the news is,

How horrible,

After we have enjoyed watching it

For half an hour or so.

We take no responsibility

For the outcomes.

None at all,

As we go to put on the kettle

For another cup of tea.