the teasing of the only Jew on the football team,
the jokes I made and the jokes I laughed at.
The stories I believed,
the stories I told.
to reject false ideologies
or schools of thought
a God that doesn’t love us differently
based on what we believe
or who we love
and how we live.
as I look first at the monster inside myself,
I wish we weren’t wired this way:
to spot differences instead of similarities.
it’s a vision where love and abundance
are the guiding principles
and the word “war” doesn’t exist in our languages.
and the darker sides of our nature
melt away under a divine light.