Killarney-Fraserview Rebuild 2015
a hijab or turban is not a failed attempt at beauty
and humanity is the unique answer to a specific question:
do all lives matter?
we have representational leadership diversity
of faces, of faiths, of creeds, of colours, of castes --
or so it would seem, if all that has transpired
is not a dream; do I believe in this
can the past inflexibility be softened?
will the "old stock" welcome the new?
even when they don't look like
(whatever that is supposed to mean)
how much land will be allotted,
and to whom? can we afford to embrace
the looks from elsewhere?
or is our empathy just all that glitters
stuck in the surface?
could they move back to the east? a little further?
or could we move over to make space
in this seeming infinite place
we claim as home
What is the sum of 10 and 11:
It's your turn! Move into the poem. Renovate it. Knock down its walls. Put your spin on it. Make it your own.