Augustine Tagaste

Author of Poetry and Prose

When Waters Recede

Not foreign

Not divine

Us and them

Yours and mine

 

Problem is us

Within ourselves

Never discussed

Someone else

 

We hate

We fear

Our disgrace

Another’s tear

 

Worst of us

Born here

Misplaced trust

Darkest fear

 

Same flesh

Same bone

Heart in breast

Human soul

 

I the hypocrite

You the liar

Empty rhetoric

Fueling fire

 

What if once

We were sincere

Simply advance

Thinking clear

 

White privilege

Black power

Almost synonyms

Masking cowards

 

Courage colorblind

None over other

All are mine

Same ancient mother

 

What social class

What ethnic origin

Do I surpass

Do I begin

 

Wrong questions

To think and ask

Upon reflection

Test not passed

 

Content of character

Better than skin

Substance matters

The spirit within

 

Only in disaster

We love others

Servants masters

Opposites brothers

 

Comfort our separation

Discomfort required

Overcome dehumanization

By suffering inspired

 

When waters recede

We hide again

No longer to bleed

As women and men

 

This our tragedy

Learning in pain

Needing catastrophe

To know a name

 

Take this experience

For what it’s worth

Become curious

Meet others first

 

Discover life’s rainbow

Admire the colors

Your heart a home

Room for others

 

Make it last

This common bond

It crumbles fast

You must hold on

 

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