Not sure what kind of poetry this is, or if it even is, but I thought it was worthwhile.
|We seem to hold within us those restricted zones into only those who fit a certain specification can go
If they’re not white like you, this mental barrier is one they’ll never get through
Arranged marriage - what’s wrong with you?
Or maybe you’re brown and Western ideals just don’t make sense to you
What is this culture or “me, me, me”? What happened to your family?
We celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Diwali and Eid
What’s it all matter when we’ve lost the spirit of our beliefs?
When nothing means a thing, not even a universal good deed?
I ask you now is there no way to change this unchanging status quo
To throw open the doors of friendship and more
To accept the good in every one of us
To normalise that that is what we ought to seek to free in our fellow human beings
To internalise that what we prioritise should not lead to breeding stereotypes?
Why hide behind culture and race and tradition and breed
In a community that’s rich and complex in its diversity
We shouldn’t have to tout banners promoting tolerance and equality
When humanity alone should be enough to join us
When blood’s being split halfway around the globe
Why don’t we feel the pain like we would our own?
There's no purpose in divisions of colour and faith and perceived superiority
God made us equal to recognise the goodness inside and stand beside one another
Stating “[We have] made you into nations and tribes so that you may come to know one another”. (49:13)