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Discrimination- a Poem

Updated on February 7, 2012


By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Why do I discriminate when I can’t distinguish a meaningful difference?

I’m not able to justify any significant outcome from my judgement.

I see the most meagre superficial contrast and enable discrimination,

and give force to an ideal weighted in self-loathing.

What I see is a mirror reflection of what I don’t like about me, my discord,

my pointless bias against me, seen through the eyes of a cynic.

How can I support the primal thoughts of disdain?

These base spectres of past, jibing me to enact the hate of rivalry,

to judges without knowledge, without anything beyond superficiality.

Perhaps I see difference and fear it, unaccustomed as I may be,

to colour, belief, customs, dress and mannerisms.

Yet as I fear, they fear and in the end everybody wants peace,

and every opportunity that life affords.

The irony is that we are all the same; we want laughter, joy,

we want to have children and nourish them for a happy life.

No-one wants war, hatred and division,

regardless of colour, religion, belief or cultural difference.

We are one, striving for all the same positive ideals,

so why do we hate before we can love, before we accept our part in life,

before we can celebrate diversity and broader horizons.

Discrimination is the fear of difference,

the fear of what we don’t understand about ourselves.


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      Tony DeLorger 7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your comment and support Sam. Glad you get me.

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      Midianite 7 years ago from Australia

      Tony, what can I say? - You've blown me away once again. This piece truly makes you think and I think it needs to be read more than once for it to fully sink in.

      Your use of subtle rhyming makes this piece just that little bit more special and I believe that this piece is one of your most powerful as it reveals a certain side to you I was unaware of.