When Advancement Demands

When advancement demands
              being not just on board
                            with immoral plans

but your active involvement
                     in malevolent schemes
as a tacit means of securing
a stable stream of jacked-up emoluments

       and when simply retaining
       your situation  implicitly requires
       your absolute blindness or silence

                     you'll know you've arrived

at the kind of crossroads
where you can either comply
                     by heading dead straight

       along a less than ethical
       wink-filled path of promotion
       having chosen a friction-free fate

or you can risk
the inverse prison that is ostracism
                            by choosing to make

the self-sacrificial  career-offing choice
of veering off course
              by courageously raising
                            your opting-out voice.

From his lofty perch near the top of the earth, Korvus observes the whirling world of humans, with equal parts disgust and amusement. Korvus is the author of the unpublished book "RED PILL POEMS The Poetry of Empire, Politics and Power" and may be reached at ravenzroost@protonmail.com Read other articles by Korvus.