Treasure Island

David Taylor

(3rd January 1956 / LONDON, UK)

'Discrimination'


Racism a nasty word
that conjures thoughts
of oppressive deeds
made by man because
of creed.
Discrimination another one
that binds our minds
and sharpens tongues
because of some elitist thought
that's unjust and plainly wrong.
Fighting wars because of God?
Trampling on the underdog.
But we have legislation
to banish discrimination.
'Equal opportunity'
is the current phrase; our incantation.

The rules and laws
are needed where
some of us would dare
to think in ways that denigrate
others on this Earth; our place.
Racism? There is just one human race
no matter what form the face.
And discrimination
a faculty we all posses
to separate what's bad from best.
Discrimination would be good
if it were used for what it does;
revealing what unites ALL of us.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Edited: Friday, April 29, 2011

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  • Malini Kadir (5/5/2012 1:01:00 AM)

    Discrimination would be good
    if it were used for what it does;
    revealing what unites ALL of us.! ! loved these lines of yours! (Report) Reply

  • Gao Jixin (8/2/2008 8:43:00 AM)

    quite a nice poem tackling racism from a good literary angle. Wonderful choice of words! (Report) Reply

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