What criteria do you use to determine right interpretation from wrong?
Who wrote the criteria down. Did they contemplate for long
before reaching consensus? Do they intend one day to tell us;
down here in the trenches, we the lowly masses,
how to think so that we comply?
What rules we must apply
to determine should we deny
or accept an interpretation
as worthy of consideration –
wrong or right,
day or night,
black or white?
And if we find between lines a song
unwritten laws deem can not belong
do we bag and set it curbside
or self-thinking decide
which voice stands out –
the wrong, embryonic shout
or the mature murmur of right
safe but rutstuck tight.
© 2012 Chrome Poet
-Note on the Poem-
An alter-ego is taking a class at coursea.org named Fantasy and Science Fiction: Our Modern World, The Human Mind. The professor delivered a video lecture proffering interpretations can be wrong. On a discussion forum, my alter-ego disagreed with the professor’s position. Another student disagreed with him and sided with the professor. The dialogue progressed a step or two before my alter-ego, better late than never, asked me for input. I offered this.