Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Xenophobia

(Poetry Scales 25)

We often confuse…
     exchange… hatred and fear,
“I hate flying…
     needles… Easter bunnies… doll eyes…”
When it comes to the unknown
     or more precisely the different
a better label for our reaction
     would be… terrified.

Don’t be a child
     stomping life out of lizards.
When it comes to the other,
     even dangerous, or awry:
Tolerate, resist, learn,
     befriend, beg to differ,
But to live in fear…
     Hate is simple… and unwise.

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