Prejudice

The Bible,
that most ancient collection of writings,
esteemed by some and held sacred by others,
includes traces of racism and religious prejudice.
More than a few fragments,
if we’re able to admit it.
Its stories include a powerful foundational myth
asserting a nation’s superiority
as God’s chosen people;
making the avoidance of such prejudiced conclusions
somewhat problematic.
Occasionally a reckless prophet- type person
came along to question that myth;
they were generally pointed
in the direction of the door.
It is still so.
Even Jesus, the travelling teacher from the north,
seems to have been comfortable enough
with established opinion on this matter.
It took some time,
together with the insistent and intrusive pleadings
of a desperate foreign woman;
but at last, we are pleased to say,
his metaphorical copper coin loosened,
and finally dropped.

© Ken Rookes 2014

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3 thoughts on “Prejudice

  1. The trouble with poetry is, you cant argue the point when you read a line you disagree with ; it is what it is and you are left wondering how to deal with the dilemma.

      • Hi Ken, I always like your poetry, no doubt about that. Yes perhaps the strength is that it can open dialogue, thanks. As for trouble, there’s always trouble for the faithful and unfaithful alike. I’ll come back to you on this….

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