© 2019 Barbara Grace Lake

 

If I believe in life
Could I deny that sentient beings
Exist beyond imagined sense,
Outside prevailing culture lore?

 

If I believe in life
Would I deny to any being
A life because of color, shape
As I’ve denied on earth to men

 

If I believe in life
I could not kill, imprison men
Advancing white supremacy
The proof no farther than my door

 

If I believe in life
Would I refrain from aiding those,
The storm tossed, ravished populace,
Though brown-skinned, our own island folk?

 

If I believe in life
I’d not illegal separate
The young from parents seeking help
To live their lives behind cage bars

 

If I believe in life
I’d share our lives among the stars
But ‘til we stop our madness here
I pray God keeps us on this world