F. J. Thomas

Now We Are Free

Though the preferences that make me unique remain my own
The veil that blinded me to the qualities of another individual has been lifted
Now I am free

No longer does my disdain and hatred for the acts of one decide my thoughts on the whole
No more will the behavior of a group of fools motivate my anger against an entire nation
Now I am free

I see the beauty in her smile, I hear the peace in his pleas; the veil blows further in the wind
I see her strength in her hard work; I see his in angry tears as he wants more for and from his people
Now I am free

The accents I hear make me wonder where they're from and what it's like not 'why are they here? '
The beautiful colors in her head scarf catch my attention, not the fact that she is wearing one
Now I am free

Take my hand and let me guide you; I will show you the colors of the world and the beauty of her people
Behind a veil you will only see the ugly beings the darkness of a covering brings

Let the sun catch the veil blowing in the wind; let it disintegrate completely
...Now we are free.

Note: initially in the line referring to 'her head scarf' I actually used the term 'hi-jab; ' as I was educated to that being the name of the head covering of my co-worker (thank you Nazira) . I chose however to replace it with the more general term 'head scarf' because this poem does not focus on one nationality or ethnicity in particular, so I thought it better to widen the term out of respect for others who may wear head coverings called by other names.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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  • Mark Heathcote (6/11/2014 12:09:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this poem and its beautiful message. (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (6/30/2014 9:08:00 AM)

    Thank you Mark; I have replied twice but it doesn't seem to save them.

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