Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Italian from UCLA. She has lived for many years as an expat in Milan, Italy, becoming a volunteer nurse and first aid instructor for the Italian Red Cross. Her works have appeared previously in Shot Glass Journal, and among her other credits are Boston Literary Magazine, The Fib Review, Victorian Violet Press, Lucid Rhythms, Tilt-a-Whirl, Prole, LightenUp Online and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She is the proud winner of the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest.
Lois Elaine Heckman
Indifference is a barrier, a cocoon in which it is easy to hide from the meaningful,
the annoying, the urgent, the evident, so we remain untouched by what is disagreeable to our complacency and comfort.
We weave its threads on our loom of impassivity by adapting to injustice, disregarding falsehood and accepting domination, so we can retain our detached composure, while we discard indignation as a defect in the pattern, letting the conscience numb and turn its head to look the other way.