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Don’t look at me 
As though I am an alien or a stranger,
Don’t let the dagger of antipathy 
Fly out of your eyes.

I am your neighbor.

Don’t call me a foe, an antagonist or a rival,
Don’t roll up your mistrustful sleeves for a fight.

I am your friend.
Don’t hold this murderous weapon in your kind hand, 
Don’t deny me the right to work, to eat, or to live.

I am your brother.
If destiny willed me to be born 
On this side of the frontier line,
If my parents wished me 
To wear these clothes 
And taught me their own dances,
Do we have to be adversaries?  
If fate desired me to speak 
This tongue foreign to you
And our skins’ color to differ,
Do we have to be competitors?
If necessity decided for us 
To live in this country, 
In the North, South, East, or West,
Do we have to be opponents?
If I believe in Jesus, 
Or Allah,
If this is my philosophy, 
My tradition, 
My history 
And my culture,
Do we have to be enemies?
No! A million times: no!

Please, look at me with new eyes 
And throw away your injurious prejudices.
What do you see but a person like you 
Who wants, desires and hopes for the same things in life:
A home, 
Some friends, 
Some love?

I walk, 
I talk, 
I eat, 
I sleep, 
I dream, 
I laugh and I cry. 

Just like you.

I’m born, 
I grow up, 
I learn, 
I suffer, 
I bleed 
And I die.

Just like you.

I’m a father, 
A mother, 
A brother, 
A sister, 
A son, 
And a daughter.

Just like you.

You see: we are alike. 
We are the same. 
We are brothers.
Listen to me my neighbor, my friend, and my ally: 
I am telling you the truth.
We are the victims of schemes, 
Well planned in advance
By deceitful evil-hearted men 
Who wished for our destruction.
They, masters of savage forgery, dividers of mankind
Have tricked us throughout history 
With well-orchestrated lies
And with treacherous stories. 
These intellectually impotent criminals
Have instilled poison in your heart and mine.
Thus, by cultivating hatred, bitterness and rage,
They managed to shape us to ruthless foes, 
To merciless enemies,
To cruel animals.

Please, listen to me! It is true. We are brothers.
Let us therefore with irresistible will cross all frontier lines 
That the past has erected between us, 
Thus making divisions vanish.
Let us with supreme power break the bonds of history,
Religion and culture and run into each other’s arms.
Let us uproot from our tormented hearts thorny mistrust
That was planted there thousands of years ago.
Let us seize ammunition from destructive hatred,
And make war capitulate.
Let us sink the cholera of bitterness 
In the affectionate sea of universal accord. 

And finally,

Let us unite and march to higher claims, 
To incomparable glory
Where peace can blossom today.
Thus, both of us will go to sleep at last,
Fearless of each other tonight.

© Demetrios Trifiatis 
    08 September 2015

NOTE: This poem, after having been edited, is posted again because 
 of the acute migration and refugee problem that has been created 
in Europe. Greece, my country, receives thousands and even tenths 
of thousands of refugees and illegal immigrants each day. In some of 
the Greek islands the migrants are more than the Greeks. Some of these
 people leave for Europe where in countries like F.Y.R.O.M., Serbia, Hungary
 Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, France, Italy have created social and economic problems because of their numbers. This fact prompted me, after the suggestion
of a good friend at PS, to repost the poem so as to ask from all, migrants and natives, understanding and tolerance for the good of peace! Thank you!  

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 9/28/2018 3:41:00 PM
Your style reminds me of Hafez. Such a beautiful poem. FAV
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Date: 9/29/2018 5:07:00 AM
What a compliment it is dear, PM Richter! It is such a great comment that almost becomes a blasphemy! I had the good luck to visit Iran back in 1990 and visit his birthplace Shiraz where there is a statute of him that people visit bringing flowers and praying at his grave! Thank you for the honor!
Date: 12/30/2017 12:07:00 PM
First let me tell you my friend, I am delighted to read a long poem that you wrote some time ago. I missed this gem of a poem as I just joined poetry soup. You brought me to tears with the sentiments of brotherhood and the mighty power of your words. May God bless you my friend for we need everyone to think like you do.
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Date: 4/15/2017 6:07:00 AM
Thank you for this 2015 Manifesto; similar to the Biblical one (Love God; love thy neighbor). But the hardest to keep just this Commandment for us humans. And we can build rockets and nukes ... Shalom, shalom in Yeshua/Basileus Kristos
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Date: 4/15/2017 11:42:00 AM
As long as even few of us keep our Lord's commandment there is still the chance one day to realize that dream dear, Anil! Thank you for visiting my new friend!
Date: 2/10/2017 6:53:00 AM
My walls are plastered with quotes and many sayings! Some my own, some not! And one of them that I am looking at now says, "I am not my brother's keeper, I am my brother!" We must be able to find a common ground without losing touch with our own traditional heritage! If only more of the world could see through your eyes! A very level headed poem you have crafted, Demetrios!
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Date: 7/13/2016 4:05:00 AM
Once again it's upsettingly beautiful. Demitri! We are friends! I think you epitomise the pinnacle of civilization. Thank you for the inspiration. I have a dream. ....
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Date: 7/13/2016 5:10:00 AM
Thank you for your noble visit and comment dear friend, Jannie! Hope your dream becomes reality!
Date: 2/13/2016 9:16:00 AM
Dear Demetrios, I enjoyed your poem very much and would like to use it in a publication for English teachers in Germany. It would be in a Journal about Europe and senior high school students would read it and discuss it. Peter
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Date: 4/13/2016 6:56:00 PM
Dear Peter, it certainly would be an honor for me to see this poem published by you for your thirsty for knowledge students. You have my permission! Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. God bless you!
Date: 10/24/2015 10:26:00 AM
Demetrios, l agree with your heartfelt words. It is so much truth and wisdom in this piece. No matter where we come from, or the color of our skin, our religious beliefs we are brothers(sisters). Bravo for penning such revelant write:-)Alexis 7+++ P.S. I will be favin this powerful piece!
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Date: 4/13/2016 6:57:00 PM
Dear Alexis, you humble me with your kind words and grading. Thank you for your visit and kind comment! Hugs
Date: 9/21/2015 7:02:00 AM
ANOTHER GEM FROM YOUR GOLDEN PEN MY FRIEND. We all share the same blood, the same life, the same loves, the same despair, the same desires , the same commonality of a human soul. We desperately need to learn to truly love each other. Another 7 for your fine poem.
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Date: 9/22/2015 7:58:00 AM
You are so kind and generous, my friend, Robert! Thank you and God bless you for caring!
Date: 9/17/2015 8:16:00 AM
Bravo from Bulgaria!
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Date: 9/20/2015 4:27:00 AM
Thank you from Greece, dear Bozhidar!
Date: 9/8/2015 4:46:00 PM
Hi Demetrius: you have created an air of awareness to a problem that exists now in Europe because of a war were so far 240,000 people have perished. It feels like de ja vu from the Ottoman Empire. God certainly has to work overtime to help these poor souls.
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Date: 9/9/2015 5:11:00 AM
You are right, dear Ralph! unfortunately the worse is coming. No one knows the magnitude of upheaval this will bring. Thank you for your kind visit and comment!
Date: 9/8/2015 12:45:00 PM
The flow of your noble write sized my attention through the whole read.. Your conveyed the truth to live within this world. We are all brother this is indeed a stab write, I fav this excellent piece.. A review at my page please.......A.M.
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Date: 9/9/2015 5:18:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend, Afolabi, I am gland we are in agreement on the subject. Thank you for your wonderful visit!
Date: 9/8/2015 12:19:00 PM
- A human's true wealth is the good he does for his fellow man ..... we must all share this earth in love and peace :) - An important and wonderful poem, dear friend Demetrios - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 9/9/2015 5:20:00 AM
Absolutely true, dear Anne-Lise! Thank you for your inspiring comment!
Date: 9/8/2015 8:58:00 AM
Wow Demetrios this is wonderful. This is epic. Touching, compassionate, you identify the evil ones {Illuminati} wanting their New World Order. We know their evil plan. We will come together and not be divided. One of my favorites my friend. Applause!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Date: 9/9/2015 5:21:00 AM
Michael my friend, thank you very much for your enthusiastic appreciation! Yes, we have to stand side by side for to fight evil!
Date: 9/8/2015 8:47:00 AM
Yes, Lots of truth told. Well penned. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 9/9/2015 5:26:00 AM
Thank you, Ravi, for your lovely visit!