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Lies That Were Never True
Is there a burning flame
That fires your existence?
Or is there frozen ice
That controls your indifference
When you see a man walking along a bridge between rich and poor
Do you see a thief or the heart of human being knocking on your door?
And do you blame this “beggar” for every wrong committed against you?
Or do you see the wickedness of the lies told of him that were never true?
Is there a prayer offered
Of our human tragedy?
Or is there only judgment
Of your neighbor’s morality?
When you see a man of color asking for assistance because of the sins of our fathers
Do you assume weakness or ask if he was born into the life of abandoned mothers?
And do you blame this “criminal” for every wrong committed against you?
Or do you see the accusations made against his people that were never true?
Is there understanding
Of the randomness of birth?
Or is there only pride
In your inherited worth?
When you enjoyed the gifts of loving parents and the lessons they gladly taught
Do you assume your superiority in life or give thanks for what cannot be bought?
And do you blame the “envious” for every wrong committed against you?
Or do you see how your advantage made you believe lies that were never true?
Is there tolerance
In a man’s choices
Or are his freedoms
Only empty voices?
When a man tells you he does not believe in the things that you were taught long ago
Do you praise his right to speak or do you retreat to where only like minds can go?
And do you blame the “ignorant” for every wrong committed against you?
Or do you see how a closed mind made you believe lies that were never true?