Monday, 30 December 2013

Lines on the Human Condition


Love, like life has its darker side. Some people have fixed ideas about love and will oppose anyone - including family members - who choose a different variation on the same eternal theme. 

The ability to turn love’s darkness into light is a gift passed on by lovers everywhere throughout history. Sadly, humankind’s other gift - for inhumanity - will all too often try to turn things around yet again…and succeed. It is down to each and every one of us to do our best not to let that happen.

We cannot stand by and let them invade our privacy, those who are blinded to the happiness of others by some misguided and/ or ill-informed interpretation of what is right and wrong.  

Every humanitarian needs to speak up against socio-cultural-religious traditions being used as an excuse for bigotry and sectarian division/violence where it is but the dark side of human nature that is to blame.

As for love…Gay or straight, two people in love have the basic human right to be in love. No one has the right to deny us that. World leaders who abuse their position to support anti-gay legislation (that means you, too, Mr. Putin) and religious leaders who choose to interpret their religion to much the same effect are a disgrace to humanity.

Whatever our colour, creed, sex or sexuality, we are all human beings and deserve to be treated as such.


LINES ON THE HUMAN CONDITION

Body, mind, and spirit,
writing treaties in various tongues
on a mother’s heart
as it sighs over satirical goings-on
in comic strip cartoons

Body, mind, and spirit,
providing a eulogy for the failures
of its multi-cultures,
observing how occupied territories
live on empty gestures

Body, mind, and spirit,
inciting revolution among dreamers
who would face facts,
repair broken words to make good
well-heeled intentions

Body, mind, and spirit,
watching out for black holes blown
by wannabe martyrs,
sending love letters home on scraps
of roadside shrapnel

Body, mind, and spirit,
last heard arguing for Human Rights
with the world’s tin gods
who so love to blame their pet hates
for its worst nightmares

Copyright R. N. Taber 2008


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