We by Mark Anderson

We

When your people are my people then
I will grieve, moan, and wail through the night
when they are jailed, oppressed, abused, or killed.
The pain will not be your pain, but our pain
on that day, when your people are my people.

When the voice of your people is muted
by the voice of the mighty majority so loud
that small voices are only whispers.
Then your voice will become my voice
on that day, when your people are my people.

If your people are bound in a bottomless pit
and their jobs lead only to perpetual poverty
I will not turn away content that I got mine.
I will not ignore your plight
on that day, when your people are my people.

If sick, wounded, or suffering
I will not turn away saying, oh well, another day.
Your disease and afflictions we will share
on that day, when your people are my people.

When injustice comes upon you, then
I will not ignore, hide, or turn my face away.
I will rise up and take a stand with you
on that day, when your people are my people.

On that day when your people are my people
there will be no more, us and them
and no more them and us,
but only – we.

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Mark Anderson: After a career in carpentry, Mark returned to college where his love of writing was awakened. He also began tutoring children during this time. He writes children’s books under the name Toshiyori; a Japanese word meaning old person. He loves the creative environment of his new home, Chattanooga, Tennessee and is currently President of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild.

Amazon author pages as Mark Anderson and as Toshiyori.

Image credit: Unity in Diversity (Bahai Teachings website)