-ism                                                                                                                                                   Three letter word                                                                                                                            Noun to be precise                                                                                                                                  A vocabulary devise                                                                                                                            that divides and rules                                                                                                                         But we are the fools                                                                                                                                who fall for it

racISM                                                                                                                                                   sexISM                                                                                                                                                 ageISM                                                                                                                                                   All as bad as each other                                                                                                                     Yet rated in hierarchical structure

So is it any wonder                                                                                                                                  Fear of those different                                                                                                                           from the ‘normal’ other                                                                                                          Perceptually continues                                                                                                                    When any discriminatory names                                                                                                     are placed on levels                                                                                                                               When they should all                                                                                                                             be seen the same

And no government legislation                                                                                                              Will halt mental segmentation                                                                                                       Unless we talk                                                                                                                                       about our hate

Or else those who discriminate                                                                                                         will just disseminate                                                                                                                           their fear                                                                                                                                                     In increasingly covert ways

So let us chat and consider                                                                                                               Why some people say nigger                                                                                                            Why some people say spag                                                                                                                    with venomous delight                                                                                                                          when it makes others sad

For unless we discuss                                                                                                                           Our fear of the unknown                                                                                                                more openly                                                                                                                                          Our closet hate                                                                                                                                     will maintain this reality                                                                                                                   And in response                                                                                                                                       our actuality








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9 Responses to -ISM

  1. jaynel62 says:

    Reblogged this on jaynelinney and commented:
    This is a wonderful Poem from Chris Wayne – please read and share

  2. MummyLion says:

    I agree, we need to discuss the fear of different, bring it into the open and hopefully make people more accepting. We are all human of the human race, all we want is to live peacefully and comfortably. Celebrate difference!

  3. Chris, I think the poem is relevant but have problems reading it because of the way you have set up the text. So it lost some of the flow and therefor the meaningfulness because I was searching for the lines all the time.

  4. stuckinscared says:

    Important message…fabulous poetry. Cleverly written.

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