I Refuse To Believe

You and I will never see eye to eye

 And I refuse to believe that

We can fix the world around us

I know one thing for certain

 That all we really need is love 

Is a falsity

 My truth is all that matters

And our grandchildren will learn

Speaking

 Is more valuable than 

Listening

So, I want you to know

There was a time when I could say this with certainty

 That one’s political views defines you as a whole

No longer can we say

Being “Right” or “Left” hasn’t divided us

Our children will grow up in a world where

In the future

Social media insults and slander will be the norm

It will no longer be said that

Different faiths, races and opinions can co-exist and thrive

Society has been cracked open, shattered and jagged

It is misguided to believe that

 There can be healing and hope

(This is a reverse poem. Please read the poem again from the bottom up, starting from the beginning of each sentence)

About the Author
Esti Rosen Snukal is a writer for the Jewish Link of New Jersey. She made Aliya with her husband and four sons on July 12, 2012 to Chashmonayim. Esti is also the adopted mom to a lone soldier from Highland Park NJ and an active volunteer at the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin.
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