human beings, by Adrian Mitchell

look at your hands

your beautiful useful hands

you’re not an ape

you’re not a parrot

you’re not a slow loris

or a smart missile

you’re human

       not british

    not american

      not israeli

  not palestinian

    you’re human

     not catholic

  not protestant

    not muslim

       not hindu

  you’re human

  we all start human

    we end up human

       human first

          human last

      we’re human

    or we’re nothing

nothing but bombs

     and poison gas

  nothing but guns

     and torturers

  nothing but slaves

  of Greed and War

  if we’re not human

          look at your body

  with its amazing systems

  of nerve-wires and blood canals

     think about your mind

   which can think about itself

  and the whole universe

look at your face

   which can freeze into horror

           or melt into love

     look at all that life

           all that beauty

           you’re human

     they are human

     we are human

  let’s try to be human



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