I've read poetry with a similar topic. But I find your use of the blinking mechanism really unique, and perfectly showcases this recurring situation, this reality. I often hear: prevention is the best cure. Or something like that, but when we actually look at our society, no one, or at least not a lot of people really do that. Only after catastrophes/disasters strike do we really do something, but afterwards, people play blind/deaf again. It's sad.
This poem is a double barrel shot in the eyes, (excuse the pun) to those who a) think short poetry is lazy and that a good poem needs to begin at 20 lines long, and b) those that think poetry is no longer relevant in modern society.
This kills both of those myths stone dead. There is so much power in these lines that it almost jumps out of the screen and slaps you around the chops. What a message to society, have they forgotten why we blinked? It is a dig at human nature (in my opinion) and a reminder that we are only out for ourselves, Yes we can be good at sharing grief but do we ever see the bigger picture despite the warnings and the tragedies. Great write.
Wow, the power of this write, the thoughtlessness of members of society and also that neglect that is very tangible reached my heart so deeply. The poet's way with words in such a short write to convey that meaning of truth to all of us. Whether it may be an injustice or discriminatory action, many times we don't admit. Great usage of blinking too and now I feel I will think about all the times I have continued on, thinking without looking back or changing my heart