Never Has it Been

Never in the history of mankind, never while there swords, never while there were spears, never while there were shields
Never while there was armor, never while there were marching red coats, never while there were slaves, never while there were atomic bombs
Never has there been a moment in the history of an empire has the internal combustion of its spirit been divided against itself as it is now
Never in the history of mankind has there been so many, so different, so diverse, living so close together without being a conquered people
Never in the history of mankind has there been so many who are welcome to share everything with everyone no matter who they are
Never in the history of mankind have so many been so oppressed, so vilified, so marginalized, so disenfranchised for so long
Never in the history of mankind have so many been freed, so many been brought to the front of the bus, so many allowed to be who they are
Never in the history of mankind have so many failed to come together even as the promise of the words finally came true

When in the history of a nation that a God can be so fought over, that a flag can be waved so furiously, when a cannon can be shot so indiscriminately
When in the history of a nation that a man can be called an alien, when a man can be dragged to his death because he loved another man
When in the history of a nation that a woman can be called a murderer when she was raped, when a God can be described as just for creating a violent life
When in the history of a nation that the richest nation in the world can only think of its most blessed instead of its most cursed
When all we see what we see and fail to understand what must be understood and recite what we memorize and live as we should not live
When all we do is misunderstand and beg and plead for another man’s words to support our own then we have nothing that we can ask for
When we reject our own blood, when we reject our own memories, when we reject our own childhood, when we reject each other
When all of this is a part of our fabric can we ever know what the destiny of man’s existence can be when all we know is what we discover instead of a priori

We were told of a God who was a man who was a lamb who was a martyr who was a prophet who was a deliverer who was a carpenter
We were told of turning the other cheek to love our neighbor to see the plank in our own eye to be blessed as a peacemaker
We were told of a rooster crowing of a thrice did deny of a betrayal of a cross that would be borne by a man who willingly did fulfill his destiny
We were told of a sacrifice for a penance for a debt to be paid for an afterlife for a word that was told in a dream to a man who told a Roman
We were told of a temple of a diaspora of a nation in the garden of Eden of a land of a God of many names but of the same prophet
We were told of all of this and we now tell each other of what we know to be true even as faith and love and compassion is all we have
We were told and we are still the same still the same still the same as the day he was born and the day that he died and the day he was denied and the day he was accepted
We were told and we did not hear for what we heard was to be meek and we are not meek we are God because we only know what we know or what we think we know

What belief in the power of man can transcend the suffering caused by the desires of mortals unable to know their own potential who instead settle for a promise
What belief in the power of man can make a baby smile instead of cry for more than a moment until the next moment arrives and the baby still cries
What belief in the power of man can describe any moment in our past where man created his will on Earth as it is in heaven even as his will is beyond our imagination?
What belief in the power of man can describe any word in any language written by any man in any time before any modern or post-modern philosophy
What belief in the power of man can believe in the confidence and backing of the full faith and trust of a government that is corrupt as never before
What belief in the power of man can there be other than making love to a stranger without thought of abortion or hard feelings or anything other than the instant of orgasm
What belief in the power of man can there be other than the understanding that what I know is not what you know but that together is better than what we know apart
What belief in the power of man can there be except for me to look into the eyes of my children and blink away my tears and let them believe for a moment in me





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