Complete poem: Be Kind to Those in Diverse Places

To My Irishman

Dedicated to recent places of violence ie. New Zealand, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Nebraska

BE KIND TO THOSE IN DIVERSE PLACES

Be kind to those in diverse places

In the temple In the church In the ashram In the mosque

We are One in all efforts of love

In sorrow and in pain.

Our pathos extends worldwide in this cultural moment.

The color of our skin is a beautiful thing

Go deep into its beauty,

Those who abuse whiteness even blackness or any color reduce our humanity

We are One–embracing color blind.

Maya said, “We are more alike, than unalike.”

We connect in kindness equally.

Some say this cultural moment is a turning point

Powerful figures dictate, bully and fail

Corner to corner we know the truth

In the temple In the church In the ashram In the mosque

Find your moral purpose, the wise say

Know your personal passions

We may not be who we think we are

Uplift, comfort this existential angst.

Be kind to those in diverse places