What is it you see first?
Is it the worst, the mindless, thoughtless deed,
the violence, the selfish greed,
the cutting word, the slur you heard
the disregard for you, your creed?
Or is there something else you see?
A vision of humanity,
where each and every one has worth,
regardless of their place of birth,
where what we say, and what we do,
is measured by a different view,
that sees the good and shouts it loud
and spots the kindness in the crowd
and looks to soothe another’s pain.
And tries its best.