the same old story…

the same old story

aunt bea
was sitting
on the front porch
with a neighbor lady
discussing
how much
things
haven’t
changed
aunt bea
said
you can
put as many ornaments
on a tree
as
you want
but
what lies
beneath
is still
a naked tree
discrimination
is
discrimination
no matter
how many
glitter laws
you put
on the books
such mandates
when held only
by
a thin string
of printed words
will fall
and
shatter
with the slightest
breeze
of ignorance

15 thoughts on “the same old story…

  1. And yet what would we be if we couldn’t ‘discriminate’? The line between ‘tolerance’ and ‘apathy’ is very thin, a fine distinction, a sharp edge that even philosophers shy away from…

  2. Terrific poem Charles and very true. Really love this bit:
    ‘how much
    things
    haven’t
    changed’
    as the reader I was expecting the usual ‘have changed’ and it gives an affective ha! moment

  3. Yes, Aunt Bea – and I want to SMELL those words…over and above the pine. I want the words to vibrate my fingers when I reach to place them for all to see. I want them to speak to the deaf.

    I want, I want… Really! So what?

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