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I smell a fear that’s strong and near and it has sharp teeth
Many trying to keep from running and hold on to disbelief
Terror’s hold is growing stronger through palpable hype
The fear’s not retreating, it’s growing both fetid and ripe

Terror lurks in every corner of globe called the earth
Human scoundrels stir the pot from Tashkent to Fort Worth
Our oblate sphere is trembling from satanic verse
The love to sow division in our garden’s quite perverse

As twisted gardeners some plow their endless fields
Feeding noxious weeds with sacrificial blood and entrails
And tillage that they tend is planted with malignancy
Grow their power through hatred that they harvest endlessly

Taught to fear our brothers for the color of their skin
Stoning women is our duty if they commit carnal sin
Or to hate our neighbors who on wrong side of river live
All the while wicked gardeners more power we give

Look to them as saviors from anguish they love to sell
When it is these same messiahs who live to poison wells
Insisting a tsunami will soon wash us away
And that only by following their decrees can we hold evil at bay

No one’s on the side of angels if it’s hate we sow
Peace and harmony are not achieved through a reign of blows
It is a false prophet who declares our enemies are devils
Rhythm of peace and brotherhood not found through march martial

I make no suggestion here of capitulation
Merely call for tolerance to stave off annihilation
We must not fall into the trap that they’re evil while we’re good
Rather, with our brothers endeavor to see that all are served

Ouroboros circle is snake that consumes endlessly
Why must we demonize those with whom we disagree?
Surely snake’s the proper symbol for those who on fear do feed
While full well knowing that we are all same breed

I smell a fear that’s strong and near and it has sharp teeth
Many trying to keep from running and hold on to disbelief
Terror’s hold is growing stronger through palpable hype
The fear’s not retreating, it’s growing both fetid and ripe

 

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