The current political atmosphere is so charged with racism and prejudice. I was going through some of my writings in my xanga archives, and came across this poem.

Feel the tension in the shoulders, eyes glaring, cold steel daggers
locks on hearts, with ageless rust; how my soul laments and staggers
against this prejudice!

Humanity overpowered, building walls like forts around
to protect from the onslaught, unarmed men bound to their ground
wailing against this prejudice!

What things we do with our minds, unable to understand humanity
sacrificing others to attain national self-seeking: blind passions, unexplored truths defying sanity; carnivorous pride hugging prejudice!

©ZSA January 2011.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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18 Responses to Prejudice

  1. ruth7933 says:

    I remember when I was a kid in a small logging town on the Washington Coast and people from the old country would get off of the ships and find out they had no place to live. We all would take them in and help them til they got a house, and then we would all make sure they had what they added-dishes-cookare-linen-cothing-etc.
    The world today scares me and the politicans, especially trump terrify me.
    You expressed this very well in your writing and TY.

    • Zakiah says:

      I think the days that you have described above, where you fed and helped immigrants, are long gone. The atmosphere of humanity has changed Ruth.
      thank you for stopping by.

  2. You are right , Zakiah , but do not despair at the end Love will be the winner .
    Love ❤

  3. Once the embers of hatred have been fanned, they will be very difficult to put out.

  4. The only way we can truly exist in peace to love each other.

  5. Wise powerful words, SweetZ!
    Sadly, there will always be those people. 😦 So, we must continue to try to eradicate ignorance, prejudice and hate…we must model love and acceptance and respect for all peoples. 🙂 Everyone of us is human…we want to be understood, accepted, respected, loved…we want the best for our children and grandchildren…so we should unite on these things. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Every day I read something that makes me cringe. The ignorance is the biggest culprit in my opinion. ignorant people just do not want to accept and are so rebellious. I pray that our grandchildren will not have to go through some of the prejudicial theatrics.

  6. Lyne's View says:

    My goal for the last two years has been to hold my peace in all my words. Hate is old news and not available in my arena. Hold that thought, my friend. (pats heart, and points to you)

    • Zakiah says:

      I have tried to do that too Lyne. I know that my heart is too small to have hate and prejudice in it. I will never displace the love and compassion I have in those four chambers! Love and hugs to you.

  7. That poem feels so powerful and what an awful place to be, having to deal with hate and fear.

    • Zakiah says:

      The political situation in this country is so charged with ugly feelings. I see it all over the media and on the streets of big cities. It is a different world it seems. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Remember to take care of yourself and your family. Sometimes these things cannot be helped, and it’s just a matter of waiting for it to be better.

  8. What a powerful poem. And the political atmosphere is definitely charged with racism. Been pretty scary. I just keep hoping things will turn out okay.

  9. christao408 says:

    Sitting thousands of miles away from America constantly finding myself asked to explain what’s going on to the confused citizens of countries from New Zealand to Switzerland, Singapore to Korea.

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