Leigh Gilholm Fisher
Age Rating: 10 +
Muslims and Christians,
Have been put up against each other in such a brutal way
The religions aren't that different, isn't the goal all the same?
To spread the word of your savior, and try to make people happy and peaceful?
With a winless war going on,
Will there ever be peace between Christians and Muslims?
Isn't it the religious way not to kill others?
Are we so blind, we're all less than human?
Where are our hearts and minds?
Hasn't enough blood been spilled with no purpose?
What if a twelve-year-old Christan girl,
And a twelve-year-old Muslim girl want to be friends?
What if they want to be friends?
What if they want to be normal friends?
What if they just want to be able to talk about their interests and work in their writing?
What if they want to be there for eachother...like proper best friends?
Did you ever think this war would effect your life?
Well, it affected mine.
And it's dividing me from my best friend.
Who I believe needs me now
What I think about her being a Muslim even though I'm a Christian?
I don't care! She's a good person, and that's final!
Not all Muslims are good,
Not all Christians are good either!
To teach religion, is wrong if it only leads to bloodshed.
There's good and bad people in all religions,
So why can't all you people just accept that?
Why can we just be friends?
I don't believe love is a happy think like "they" and "you" say it is,
So I cast it aside.
There was somebody liked, and I cast him away with the rest of my friends.
If I still contact them, it's only a konnichiwa, sayonara relationship.
I believe mind over heart,
And my mind tells me to help my friend,
For I will never cast her aside.
I could never cast my best friend aside.
Even if I have to keep our friendship a secret forever.
I will not let religion divides rule me
I'm putting on a strong face to say this,
For I won't abandon anybody anymore.
I won't let fear stop me.
I'm the type who doesn't let fear or any emotion stop me,
I'm the type how hides all my pain to protect those I care about.
This is my road.
I believe it's right to help a sick friend in any I can with the limitations I have.
I believe that deserting somebody else who needs a friend is wrong.
I deserted somebody when he needed me.
To him, I'm sorry.
To my best friend...this is a very different story.
I won't desert her.
I believe this is the right road to walk.
So I walk along,
Regardless to my fear and doubt,
I walk the dark road that leads to a dawn I can't see
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Originally, the war was between Muslims and Jews, which started vehemently when the nation of Isreal was created post-WWII in America's attempt to make up for not allowing safe haven to the Jewish people before that. They took the property from the Palestinian's, Palestine being an Islamic Country, and forced them out, establishing Isreal. The Jewish people could have refused this, but they took it, thereby starting the war. When it had been the Islamic people who had given them SHELTER from the Nazi's. Who had offered them a home in the Middle East, living peacefully AMONGST them, when no other country in the "civilized" world would have them. Not "Christian America", after all, the Jews didn't fit in anywhere. They have never been welcomed, and they turned their backs on the one place that did in order to gain a "homeland".
I was born and raised Jewish. DIsowned the beliefs as I got older and took on Buddhism. I completely disagree with what they did.
The war between christian's and muslim's has been going on for a long time--though to be fair, Christianity DID strike the first blow. Have you looked up the history on the religion? The fight to take "the holy land" from the Muslims in ancient times? How about the Crusades? To say that religion doesn't preach about violence is something that is true, but ironic, as it preaches about whatever you want...depending on how you look at it.
People have used religion as the mask to hide their violence for years. I can't speak directly for the Muslim community, but beings surrounded by the White-Bred Christian Community on a daily basis, I can tell you that the majority of the people in it haven't changed from the past 800 years...they've only learned to curtail their zeal to kill off the Islamic culture and others not in line with their viewpoints into a more righteous facade, refusing to admit they were wrong and just frickin APOLOGIZING.
It's become a huge mess, all based off of a couple of people going "Hey, wanna know what seems like a good idea? Let's go try to steal Jerusalem!"
And did you know Jesus is a prophet in the Islamic culture?
Basically, we're fighting over nothing.
The fact that you and your friend are being seperated make me want to cry for you. I've had friends be forbidden from seeing me--because i was born Jewish, because of my preferences...and I've been forbidden from seeing some of my friends. In Minesotta, when I actually visited my mom and her family there, I was forbidden from hanging out with a girl named Birdie becaus she was black, and Kieth, because he was gothic.
Of course, they ignored my big goth boots and leather skirts....after all, he was 18, I was 13. It was just a phase for me.
It's amazing how STUPID people are...more specifically "grown ups", since I assume the people pulling you apart are the adults. People so intent on the fact that they're right, using religion to back it up, when if they'd just sit down for a moment and analyze everything, they might realize how STUPID they are and how everything can be traced back to one thing--lack of communication.
Jeebus. People are dumb.
Anyways....LOL! Sorry for the ramble. You got me started ^.^ I just wanted to let you know that there are a few grammatical mistakes in here that need to be fixed, and as soon as you do that, then I'll give praise. I don't want to give you lower then you deserve because of a few mistakes :)
I have to agree with you on this poem, however, I have many friends who are Muslims or Catholics. My boyfriend is a Mormon. Religion or color has no effect on me whatsoever, everyone is equal and should become that way more than it is now. Wonderful write.
Richard Reed Jr
beautiful commentary on the state of
religious biases and prejudices in
the world today.
Extremely well-written and described vividly so as to hold the reader's attention.
You are a great talent and a great person.
My congratulations to you for winning this contest.
"I walk the dark road that leads to a dawn I can't see."
I've never had a friend like you, Leigh. All of mine were just... acquaintances. Sure, there were good friends and great friends, but the one true friend of mine that's always been there even though she shouldn't, and most of the time couldn't, but still managed it, is you. And I thank you with my life.
Someday, you'll see that dawn. And I'll make sure I'll somehow or the other be able to help speed that dawn to the coming. Then you'll be able to write a truly happy poem, and you'll see why so many people love the sunrise so much more than the sunset.
We're best friends, forever and ever, and it'll always be that way, no matter what.
Your BFFE Mehrina
And Proud to Be So