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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 pour 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.....