Are You Not My Brother?


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


How does a certain ancestry

A derivative of past history

Determine the worth of mortal soul

And relegate them to a given role


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


How does their place of birth

Determine their only worth

This thing they did not choose

Insignificant and nothing proves


How does their cultural difference

Portray any truth by inference

How do their beloved traditions

Delineate the human condition


How does an odd sounding name

Saddle them with random blame

A long and proud family lineage

Is nothing we should disparage


How does the accent we hear

Create an unwarranted fear

A value placed on their words

Simply by how they are heard


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


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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