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Intolerance

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Intolerance

Intolerance, where is thy abode? 
Human’s most heinous felony, you’re
Poor souls feed up their obscure 
religious and racial ignorance under 
your vein
Upon your prejudiced belief 
divergent views metamorphose, and 
bitterness grows
In your arms vile cruelty finds 
refuge, human lives bleed on your 
palms
With your infectious paroxysms of 
narratives you turn human’s mind 
into a killing field, and tear down 
white garments of unity.

Intolerance begets intolerance; 
Upon its pyre a synthesis arose from 
the ashes where
thesis and anti-thesis had burnt in 
negation 
From that synthesis, a new 
intolerance is born
It grows; blossoms like a flower; 
and the world goes barmy
It continues to thrive……

Intolerance, your subtle splash of 
light entice our dysfunctional retinas
With your lens that captures 
nothing, but indifference, minority, 
extremism …..
in the eyes of one another
You nurture controversies; the whole 
universe is heated, 
and every rhythm of unity is silenced 
by the vast realms of unending 
destructive wars.
Until when shall we poor souls see 
the idiocy of destroying one 
another?

When darkness closes its sleeping 
eyes in the middle of the day 
and we poor souls bow to the call of 
the great unknown mortal 
then we shall have left our 
fingerprints in a centrifuge for 
posterity to judge
We shall not be judged based on 
our religious affiliation, racial 
background, 
Or colour of our skin, hair, or eyes, 
language…..
But we shall be judged against our 
intolerance.

Across the bridge of after death, 
when we account for the life spent
There will be no Christianity or Islam 
or Buddhism or Pharisaism……
There shall be no African or 
American or Asian or Caribbean or 
European ……
There will be only immortal souls 
united in one creed of immortality
Then we shall all cast aside our 
strings of intolerance
And our souls shall be robed with 
garments of eternity to rest in 
peace.

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  1. Date: 6/1/2013 3:03:00 PM
    I can feel your passion of feeling in this one. Do you believe all those who practiced intolerance will be saved in the end? the last part seems to imply this. But maybe those who cannot learn on earth will have to start all over again until they earn their reward. Who knows. I am happy you feel so strongly about this, If only the whole world felt the same.

    Okonkwo Avatar Chuma Okonkwo
    Date: 6/1/2013 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nice question! Nothing in the last stanza implied that. It was an analogy that implied an irony of eternity, that there won't be no place for intolerance when human souls become mortal to accept any hands eternity deals based on the account of life spent on earth. That was premised on the abstract that every soul shall be put to rest in peace (either in heave or hell)
  1. Date: 5/25/2013 5:15:00 PM
    my, a piece full of depth and hope... lovely arrangementof phrases...:) huggs

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 6:52:00 AM
    oh! nice written---wonderful made---ELAI

    Okonkwo Avatar Chuma Okonkwo
    Date: 5/24/2013 2:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks Elai for dropping by.....