Spoken Word Piece: The Unlearning of One

Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram
Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram

Peace
One hand, two fingers
One heart that lingers
And longs for one song
One voice as 7 billion people sing along
One right, one wrong
Two sides, one life
To decide if I
Am one man, one soul
Am I the part or the whole?
One second, one breath
Let me catch it for a minute
One death, what’s next
One impossible mission
Ten toes to the earth
Third eye to the heavens
One soul on the dirt
But beyond we’re all brethren
One you, one me
One us, one we
One planet, one everything
One possibility, one anything
One present, right now, one second
One moment to feel blessed
See, we’re all the collective
One and many, but many can be one
But when can one be one instead of many?
If one thing is comprised of many things
One you instead of many organs
Many atoms, what does it matter?
Well, we choose one view
The individual or group
A brother or an enemy
So when are we you and me
Instead of an or in between us
One war, many defeated
See the dead are a collective too
But they don’t care about me and you
It’s the goddamn truth
We’re each locked in one box of “me”
And the box is who we pretend to be
We don’t pretend to be we, we pretend to be me
Because when the box is removed, it is clear we are we
Now what logical reason wouldn’t we all want peace?
All I need is one answer, please.

Previously: Self

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