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The Issue with Being Human

by Deborah Breuer

They say we all have issues.
Personal,
Psychological,
Deep rooted,
Issues.

But my issues are loud.
Up front,
In your face,
And tied to the race.

The race to hate each other,
To defeat one,
And then another.
To show superiority.
Saying it's the issue.
Color.
Not the hate.

But the issue IS the hate,
Not the race,
Not the color,
The defiance of true humanity,
The nature of separation.

But if we saw only human,
Not the issue,
Not the hate,
Not the race.
We'd see the real issue.
Personal,
Psychological,
Deep rooted,
And tied to the face,
Of peace.

02/03/2018

Author's Note: Inspired by the suggestions of student I am honored to work with everyday.

Posted on 02/03/2018
Copyright © 2018 Deborah Breuer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/04/18 at 08:32 PM

Really well crafted. I admire how you circled back to the first stanza in your last stanza and gave it a positive perspective. Thanks for this.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 02/09/18 at 04:31 AM

I have had students with whom I have explored the race, class, etc. issues when I taught sociology in a college. I like the way you bring out the role of hate and end it abruptly with the very contrary but lovely thought of peace. Isn't it cool when our students inspire US?

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/09/18 at 09:39 PM

I like what you've done here Deborah. Well stated in no uncertain terms. And so true.

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