Ben Borkan

(11/18/88 / Tucson, AZ)


Dedicated to Nicole Denos

United we stand,
Divided we fall.
United we are friends,
Divided we are alone, we don’t fall.
United as one is the same as being one,
One falls they all fall in both places.
But what separates us from being united is the real problem,
For that that separates us is our weakness.

Hatred is the blade that cuts us,
Separates us, divides us,
But where the hatred comes from is our real weakness.
We need many reasons to love,
Just one to hate,
One small grain of sand can tip the scale,
Even if the side of love outnumbers hatred.
Hatred is ours, as humans we hate as one reason to love,
We love for reason to die.

Stepping first on the wrong foot,
Then correcting oneself,
Should we hate just for one minor infraction,
What if they open their heart, bleed mentally,
Speak freely for us,
Should we hate them,
No, we should give them a chance to start from where they are,
And if they fail our opinions are set free.

Let appearances not be a factor,
Let the inner-image be shown upon, beautiful as it is,
We care so much about how we look,
When really, we care about being able to talk about another,
We slice them into pieces,
It is up to them to tape themselves back together,
The marks still show, but they are fading,
They never will disappear,
But we can only hope.

We live as humans,
We die as mortals.
God has no opinion, he has authority,
Dying is a part of life,
But if one dies too soon, they wished it, for themselves,
We mourn, we pray, nothing can bring them back,
They live on in our memory,
But death is not the end,
Our legacy is the beginning.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005
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