Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Other

author's note:

I've read that 1 to 4% of the DNA in European populations comes from Neanderthal.

Yes, but that doesn't mean we didn't kill them.


Maybe we killed Neanderthal
because he and she appeared to be
“The Other”

and then
lacking any other “Other”
we began to see The Other
in our own kind:

yes, upon consideration
those folk over there
do seem a little peculiar

perhaps because
they look at us
as if we're the strange ones.

In response to this tendency
the sad artist built fences
made of two-sided mirrors
along many of our many boundaries

but to her death, she refused
to explain the loving message:

instead, she told the press
“the one thing I’m compelled to express
  will mean little to you

you see it for yourself.”

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
Peace World: the book

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