Which - ?
Which is better –
To resist – or just give in?
To fight back – or to submit?
To struggle with all your strength –
Or to cut your losses and surrender?
Passive resistance is not resistance;
It feels like acquiescence,
Like collaborating with the enemy,
An accessory to the crime:
Judged, guilty, condemned.
But if you do resist –
Do you get credit for effort?
Is the length of the round before you were pinned
Worth extra points in your favor?
If the opponent draws blood,
Is it a mark of honor – or disgrace?
A red badge of courage – or a scarlet letter?
And how long does the battle last?
Is this just one of many skirmishes –
Or the last battle?
Am I a perpetual hostage -
Bound, gagged and shackled?
A man in an iron mask –
Or can the truth really set me free?
And do I really want to know?
They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.