A kind word;
A hesitant smile
From that stranger on the road
After just a little while.
Did he merely tolerate?
Or was it something more?
I can never be too sure
But it was better than before.
‘Cause it was then that I realised
There was goodness in me too
A reflection of what I had received
Just before we bid adieu.
The colour of his skin I did not notice
His name I did not seek
The symbol on his tattoo meant nothing
Intolerance; it did not reek.
I had lost my way
Not just on that lane
I was unable to reason
My fundamentals gone down the drain.
Perhaps I appeared fragile to him
Which is why he extended his hand
It made me stronger to accept;
I could then stand.
I decided not to discriminate
I decided not to merely tolerate
I understood the need of the hour
Was to appreciate;
The beauty of our differences
And the story of our journeys
To let go of the hatred
Like the smoke that went up our chimneys.
I will no longer question his Gods
I vow and the sun shines bright
‘Cause as they say
I have loved the stars too fondly; to be fearful of the night.