Friday, October 19, 2012

Poem Submission #22 "HUMAN"



HUMAN

How can we have peace if we continue to condemn How can we judge people and then turn around and say that we love them?
True peace is not merely the absence of tension it is the presence of justice It’s what unites us And that is the way it should be But the residual effects of discrimination are like scars Left behind by childhood acne Injustice has the power to distort long after it has Ceased to be The scar does the work of the wound and that’s the real tragedy So allow us to be The music makers The dreamers of dreams The movers and shakers Like our forefather who had the foresight to write in our declaration of independence certain rights Like the pursuit of happiness, life and liberty, so why can’t we All agree that rights are something ALL Humans are guaranteed And if we lived by this creed then we wouldn’t have to fight For rich or poor, black or white, young or old, straight or gay rights It’s a name, and we are all one in the same HUMAN.
We may not all look the same, some have weird names, but here’s a thought Just like crayons even though there are differences we all live in the same box It doesn’t matter our status, HIV positive or Negative we are all children of mother earth And we have to start valuing all lives because we all have worth I see little brown girls with braids infected with AIDS in Somalia and Rwanda and I wonder Does she know, there are pills out there that would allow her to grow stronger and live longer But she probably won’t live past five Because she’s denied access to the medicines that are saving lives And it shouldn’t matter your social or economical status, Let us remember this is not a her disease or a him diseases It’s not an they disease or a them disease It is a We disease, and WE have to work diligently to fight For victory over a disease that is claiming the life of young and old, straight and gay, black and white Because even though we are in different boats We share the same river of life.

By Telesa

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