Empathising with Hitler

I empathised with Hitler last night

then worse, Hitler’s wife

I thought two seconds too long about if I could end a life

I imagined being so angry

with the world that I would bang bang bang –


I remembered being told my dreams weren’t gold,

feeling cold, longing to hold,

certainty – yet we all want to change something

I asked myself if I had the opportunity

to build a team that saw what I see

to wipe out parts of history

did I have it in me

to place my knee deep between the legs of humanity

play Lucy-for bright burning light bringing?

For two seconds too long I thought wrong

thought maybe I could sound a death gong

and not lose the tune of life’s song.

In this think I chased dark pain to the brink

found the link

to my soul

when I felt the hole

opening in my stomach

smelt rotten vomit in the sink.

I empathised with Hitler last night

and I never felt further from right

one of the most disgusting sights

on my flight path.

For two seconds too long, I felt like pushing

boundaries that grounded me

felt like I was bad or mad for looking where I shouldn’t.

But perhaps I spoke too sudden,

perhaps this empathy with pathology

means I can’t be wooden.

At least I learnt I wouldn’t

play god –


god played me.


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  1. Yes! I have read that if we can empathize with the most twisted of the twisted, we are healthy. In that moment, we are not judging. My ex had a dog as a child, he named it Hitler. He is also a sociopath and yes, I’m judging, but I empathized with him for 20 years, trying to only see the good. I can’t imagine being Hitler’s wife.


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