#2,652 I’ll remain

Mike Bell/ March 27, 2023/ www.mikebellpoems.com

I have only met strangers
in recent years – disaffect
in search results – counts
of close friends reduce as

my greater age mounts &
strategies are considered
to rebuild my circle – less

I will bide a known racist –
any bigoted neighbour or
slur-rich auld man – I will
turn away & evade them –

I cannot abide a hint of it –
far right stench – licensed
now [by birth they’ll say –

they are allowed to pray
for auld glorious empire
] – I bilk such men &
women & worn-out flags

& their rages ‘bout skin &
country & other religions
that threaten – I’ll remain

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