This weeks blog was originally going to discuss readability and blogging but with the recent events in our nation I was inspired to write a poem. My condolences are extended to all who suffered a loss, who live in fear and most of all for the children who have to grow up in this scary and tragic world we as a society have created.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN HATE TO A CHILD
By: Samantha Pezzolanti
How do you explain hate to a child? Is there really a way?
How do you find the words to explain the violence that takes place everyday?
How do you tell a child who’s innocent and unknowing,
That it’s reality that the TV is showing
Where do you find the words to rationalize the actions of a nation?
That is quick to hate and to judge but short on love and patience
How do you tell a child others can be judged by their race and gender?
Or by their religion, background or for being too chubby or slender
We raise our children to love, accept and share,
But the world around them spews hate, stereotypes and despair
We raise our children to not judge a book by its cover,
And to respect and walk in unity with one another
Yet the TV shows people who are at war with a label
Unfairly prosecuting people and leaving society unstable
So how do you explain hate to a child, how do you make them understand?
That it is not okay to take the life of another man
Or take the life of woman over the color of their skin, religion or ideas
How do you raise a child to not have fears?
Of society, of each other of the people who protect and serve,
No this is not the kind of world our children deserve
We have created a sad world indeed
One that’s chaotic, broken and in need
In need of love in need of community and in need of hope
Societies stability hangs by a rope
So how do you explain hate to a child in times like these?
If you have the answer, share it please.