Human Beings

look at your hands
   your beautiful useful hands
               you’re not an ape
           you’re not a parrot
   you’re not a slow loris
       or a smart missile
           you’re human
           not british
       not american
           not israeli
   not palestinian
       you’re human
           not catholic
   not protestant
       not muslim
           not hindu
   you’re human
   we all start human
       we end up human
           human first
               human last
           we’re human
       or we’re nothing
   nothing but bombs
       and poison gas
   nothing but guns
       and torturers
   nothing but slaves
   of Greed and War
   if we’re not human
                   look at your body
   with its amazing systems
   of nerve-wires and blood canals
       think about your mind
   which can think about itself
       and the whole universe
           look at your face
   which can freeze into horror
           or melt into love
       look at all that life
           all that beauty
           you’re human
       they are human
       we are human
   let’s try to be human
Liked or faved by...
Other works by Adrian Mitchell ...