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Humanity over Animosity

a poem by Kizito Kalima

An image from "Black lives matter" in Milan

An image from "Black lives matter" in Milan

Don’t wish me Happy Birthday

Wish me to . . .

“Stay Alive”

Not forever . . .

Just long enough to see tomorrowS . . .

Yes, Tomorrow with an S . . . many tomorrows

Wish me to . . .

“Stay Alive”

As a 6’9” 285 pound black man . . . I’m assumed to be a danger to some of you,

therefore I should be dealt with accordingly . . .

As a Danger . . .

. . . Shot . . . Dead . . .

I wish you knew me well . . . I’m the gentle giant whose soul was soured by the racism . . .

that killed my family . . . making me an orphan at young age.

A gentle giant who refused to be defined as . . .

A Child of War . . . So I became . . .

A Man of Peace.

You Peace loving Humans . . .

Stand Up & Speak Up

Like those who Opposed . . .

the Genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda . . .

Apartheid . . .

the Holocaust . . .

Segregation . . .

Slavery.

We survived because they chose . . .

Humanity over Animosity

We need you . . . We want you . . . We love you!!!

Unfortunately, none of us will be declared a winner in the End when . . .

My Frustration . . .

Is . . .

Your Destruction

Just two losers who failed to respect the human race and chose to flex their muscles . . .

Don’t wish me Happy Birthday

Wish me to “Stay Alive” . . . so I can spread my message of . . .

Peace, Forgiveness, Reconciliation

Kizito Kalima, The Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation of Indianapolis

Analysis by Kizito Kalima, The Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation of Indianapolis

8 June 2020

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