Are You Not My Brother?



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How is it the color of one’s skin

Somehow defines what is held within

Or the different shape of someone’s eyes

Speaks to all that is found inside

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How does a certain ancestry

A derivative of past history

Determine the worth of mortal soul

And relegate them to a given role

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How does the God they reflect

Not earn the same kind of respect

That we demand for our own

When who is right remains unknown

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How does their place of birth

Determine their only worth

This thing they did not choose

Insignificant and nothing proves

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How does their cultural difference

Portray any truth by inference

How do their beloved traditions

Delineate the human condition

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How does an odd sounding name

Saddle them with random blame

A long and proud family lineage

Is nothing we should disparage

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How does the accent we hear

Create an unwarranted fear

A value placed on their words

Simply by how they are heard

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Our past holds this kind of hate

Of those who expatriate

And all the wars that we’ve fought

Has not yet found acceptance bought

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Comments
14 Responses to “Are You Not My Brother?”
  1. beth says:

    each and everyone of these lines – powerful

  2. TanvirKaur says:

    Powerful and impactful post shared

  3. Keep preaching it, brother! Hopefully those who NEED to get it will start to!

  4. Reblogged this on Ramblings and Ruminations and commented:
    The poem’s words say it all…..

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    This is one of your best pieces—and that’s saying something. I love everything about this poem. You ask many of the same questions I have, but they are expressed far more eloquently.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautiful and provocative Brad.

    “How does an odd sounding name
    Saddle them with random blame
    A long and proud family lineage
    Is nothing we should disparage”

    The truth stated with such great questions. Sending my love, Jonikens

  7. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, Brad. One of my favorites that you have written. Contains a powerful message…

  8. kristianw84 says:

    Wonderfully said! The entire world needs to read this one!!

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