Now there is this ability
to spread like wildfire
So when someone with half truths, prejudice and hate mumbles faceless in a million crowds
those around will be heated up
like fire touching millions of incense
those incense already dipped into gasoline,
more than ready to spread the fire.
It hurts more than it does good.
When you click the bird and its cousins.
You say everyone is entitled to free speech and their opinion.
But can’t we pause to see what impact these words will do?
It’s like creating more problems every time you hate speech.
I’m not saying we ignore issues
I’m saying we think before we spread hate.
If it’s racism, what can you do to fix it
If it’s terrorism, what should be done to fix it
If it’s things you don’t agree with, what can be done to fix it.
Instead of playing the blame game and pointing fingers
saying I’m good, you’re different so you’re the enemy.
Stop the unnecessary sparking of wildfires
because all we do is hate
and hate and hate some more
That when you walk away from the screen that makes you invincible
All you feel is the fire of conflicts, injustice, chaos, murder, pain,
You walk away angry, crueller than you were before you touched the screen.
So when you walk down the street
or meet your colleague
with underlying streaks of invisible unstoppable hate.
To think this is just a clone of billions of others
Doing the same thing
walking the same cycle
of clicking the bird and its cousins
and walking down the street with hypocrisy.
And sooner rather than later
Like pressure building up ‘till you can’t take it anymore
And you hear the call echoing “hate crime”
over the mountains, across skyscrapers
All over the news, the media won’t stop saying
and you look up, into the screen
and you see your face staring back at you.
So hey, let’s forgive a little more
Let’s love a little more
maybe if we overcome and repay them with love
perhaps the incense would cool down
and instead of spreading like wildfire
release sweet smelling fragrance into the air
because for once we overlooked differences
and decided to let go and love.