Authors photo

Ode to Conscience


This Golden Boy, a stray, wandered in looking to stay

In late winter, find some food, kind words, acceptance,

A warm blanket to rest, tail swinging, paws kneading,

Reaching out for hugs, happy purrs, soft meows,

But can’t come in because of his unknown background.

Is he neutered or not, fleas infested, a bad temperament?

And so he sits freezing outside at the bottom basement window,

Watching me in my comfortable warm bed, stirring guilty

Conscience as to right or wrong of misconstrued mistrust.

And so, it is with people, too soon a dirty pane barrier

Separates prejudices and kind treatments of each other

Based on tribalism, ethnicity, sex, disability and age.

Fix this broken pain of ignorance, embrace equality of tolerance…

Open the door! Thank you for sharing such a golden diversity.

Annemarie Berukoff

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Annemarie Berukoff

Retired teacher — Affiliate Marketer, Big Picture Wisdom, author 4 e-books: social media teens, eco-fiction ecology