11.8.06

Look Ma, ain't life grand

If you have not had the threat of being interrogated by cops for your religion...
If you have not been denied a credit card/a club membership despite your papers being in order...
If you have not had your young male relatives patrol the terraces after their people have become targets...
If you have not visited riot-torn areas and seen the bullets pierced through walls and bodies...
If you do not know of anyone close to you who had to drop his pants to show who he was...
If you are not accused of producing too many babies, being behind a veil, and causing havoc in the world when you have done none of these...
If you have been told that you cannot get an apartment because you are a Muslim despite your 'clean' money...
If you do not live in the country of your birth and have not seen these things at close quarters...
If you are not even willing to listen to me because it suits you to shut your ears...
Then your world and mine are not the same.

This may make you happy, feel good not to be identified with me -- the outsider, the one who no one should know -- but one day you will understand.

I live on hope...it comes without a price tag but its value exceeds its 'worth'.

The skeletons they hung from the bushes and the trees
But not a skull among 'em said boo to me
(Elton John, From 'Look Ma, no hands")

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