liberate eye

Let us move

maybe into another realm

where our differences will be none

and let us know that

until the philosophy

which holds one race superior

and another inferior

is finally and permanently

discredited and abandoned

we will not progress

and we will not unite

and we will struggle

with all that is wrong

until there are no longer

first-class and second-class

citizens of any nation

until the world comes together

as one family

one nation

until the color of a man’s skin

is of no more significance

than the color of his eyes

we will remain blind

we will remain racist

we will remain separate

until the basic human rights

are equally guaranteed to all

without regard to race

we will not know freedom

we cannot

if even just one of us

is not free


and finally

until that day,

the dream of lasting peace

and world citizenship

and the rule of international morality

will remain but a fleeting illusion,

to be pursued but never attained

and so it must be made known far and wide that





Italicised text taken from a speech by Haile Selassie which was used by Bob Marley in the song WAR.


This poem submitted to Amaya’s ‘Bold Tributes’ prompt at dVerse.

32 thoughts on “liberate eye

  1. blak asper says:

    OMG, that ending … “We Are Responsible” … Is that yours? I’m completely shut off from the world, so I wouldn’t know if it’s original or not.

    The title says “Liberace” to me. 🙂

  2. hypercryptical says:

    I think we have a long way to go too Paul. If only we accepted responsibility and opened our minds and hearts…
    Anna :o]

  3. kim881 says:

    You’ve done it again with the title, Paul! And you’ve incorporated the quote beautifully. If it wasn’t for the italics. I wouldn’t know where the quote ends and your words begin.

  4. Gospel Isosceles says:

    This poem describes how backward we as a category-loving, racist, classist, separatist human society have created for ourselves, and how we literally devolve from the time we are born practically as enlightened babes to sometime in the middle of our busy, self-important, vain lives when we have chosen to live the f’d up idea that some people are simply better than others due to their race and/or class. But those who have made such a skewed world perspective are only more deserving of a cataclysmic change to wake up and return to the wisdom of their infancy.

  5. E says:

    until the philosophy
    which holds one race superior
    and another inferior
    is finally and permanently
    discredited and abandoned-yes and yes and yes! Poets get it.

  6. georgeplace2013 says:

    I’m afraid that even if we were all the same color, maybe even exactly the same in every way, we humans would still find something to feel superior about. I guess I just don’t have much hope for humanity, still I dream that there will be a way of respect, love and peace.

  7. Jim says:

    Right on, Paul.
    And IF
    THEN we should fix it
    or be Responsible for not doing our part
    to FIX IT
    Let Heads Roll

  8. Sherry Marr says:

    Fantastic. Strongly and perfectly said. Reminds me of the truth uttered by Benjamin Creme: There can be no peace without social justice.” And we are so far from that it is scary. Desperate people do desperate deeds.

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