is it really easier to hate than get to know
it comes from deep fear of the unknown
“Where are you from …”
but I was born here
“You all look the same
I can’t tell the difference”
vast mental blocks ignore facial details
what is an Aussie?
not our First Nation people
not our eighth generation Chinese
only the original boat people,
the anglo saxons ….
racially fuelled violence is uncalled for
but invisibility also cuts deep
stereo-type expectations bite
leaves a sense of dis ease, being alone
tracked around the shop …
if looks could kill they’d all be dead!
deemed contagious in public
BS and bigotry
those on the fringe
are frequently subjected to a sharp edge
it’s not of their doing
nor their wish
we the entitled majority
mindlessly cut them constantly
with our thoughtless arrogant attitude
d’Verse, edge n fringe, Lisa #edge/fringe
compelled by comedian Harley Breen who did a series inviting four people away for a week to get to know them and then did a stand-up comedy routine with his four new friends in the front row of his audience … his sensitivity and insights allowed them to open! This poem arises from his session on ‘racism’. Those on terminal illness [ppl in their 20-30’s], mental illness and physical challenges are amazing. Please watch them on channel ten with an open heart ….