Defense against indifference

For so long it came naturally to me:
Let’s write a letter to the editor;
Let’s make powers that be look bad; let’s march.

And then I grew older and got busy
Making a living–at least trying to–
And saw the marching went on without me.

A forum missed here, a lecture skipped there
And all at once I am just a voter
Seeking ideology in surnames.

My defenses against indifference–
That realm of the comfortable or jaded–
Failed me since I never foresaw this day.