Kinship

 
 
 
Why be kind?
Why model humane expectations
of the reasoned mind?
Theories of evolution advance
strategic Golden Rule.
Like birds in migration, fish in school,
move forward,
we increase the common pie.
All well fed, well loved,
well harmonized.
Why would we not assume
that paradigm?
Why favor divisive cries for
war’s revenge, bitter tears fed
by fears but murkily explored?
 
Why persist kindly, faced by
derisive mocking,
dangers not unfounded to we shocked by 
sharp wound-bearing stones
flung as punishment while gossips
upbraid our sins?
Can we find and flow together,
embrace ourselves as kin:
we who are kind?

 

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