I don’t pretend to understand our callous world
Our passive complicity
Our unquestioning servitude
Our false complacency
Towards them who betray humanity
Towards them who are relentless scourge
Them who must be accused and held accountable
For crimes unspeakable, injustice inconsolable
Humans killing Humans
Territorial, greedy usurpers
Indiscriminately terminate life
Erasing ways of life
Elitist liars, paranoid despots
Corruption their forte
Destabilization their strategy
Division, terror their victory
Empowered by blood, sweat and tears
Enriched from the labour
Of the people
Crushing our very existence
Religious texts recount
Inundated in human blood
To this moment
Human progress has not stopped
Bloodthirst for domination
Technology guarantees decimation
How dare we proclaim civility!
Education of our bloody human history!
How did we come to be inhumane?
And truth be I am too
No virtuous human flaw
We are One
Humanity our strength
None can choose their blood
Religion nor colour of skin has place
God is not religion
Religion is not God
HE is everywhere
HE is us
What is solidarity, unity, family?
We are each unique yet same
Strong and weak
Equal in frailty of life and death
Can we not imagine loss, understand fear true?
For the cruel fate of innocents?
Share their tears of unrelenting horror and loss?
Are we prepared to walk in their shoes?
Or spurn their humanity?
Renounce we are them and they are us?
Insist their tragedies will never be us?
Is it written we succumb?
Surrender our humanity?
Accept injustice and persecution?
Because some demand it so?
Are we to be helpless, silenced witness
To brutality, exploitation of power?
Against us the corruption of the chosen few
Whom we permit to suppress us
With violence and fear
Disrespect and intolerance
Self-preservation turning on thy neighbour?
Peace of mind disregard the voiceless?
Is it not for us to determine our paths?
The way of diversity, inclusivity and harmony?
Of Self-determination, peace and freedom?
We are same
Do we not yearn for same?
Do we not long for
Dignity, acceptance, companionship?
It is us, who must
Cut down greed, egotism of insecure vain tyrants, who demand peremptory obedience, robbing us of family & unity
Desecratiing our home
Who are they, if not of us?
Are we not gifted with thought, choices?
Imagine brilliance and accomplishment?
Do we not dream of possibilities?
Sharing triumph in good and justice
With decency, respect and kindness
In friendship and compassion reach out to our fellow humans?
Instead desperately cling to our blindness
Our deliberate ignorance
Foresaking our humanity
Anguish and defeat determined to rip apart
Stand true to our righteousness amidst despair
Rejoicing in hope
Humanity is hope
We are humanity
We are One
Legacy of hope.