Umbrage

By Ben Downing

Taken, given:
friendships riven.

From shadow or shade,
it instantly puts paid

to hard-won clarities
and causes us to freeze

up with unearned righteousness;
it makes us less.

How much better to combat it.
We should take umbrage at it.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/umbrage/309013/