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The Fear

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Wake up

 

Wake up and smell the-

Roses? Coffee?

 

No

 

Wake up and smell

The fear

 

But like most

You choose to ignore the smell

 

You CHOOSE

To ignore the smell of fear

 

Because it lingers through the city

It lingers through the suburbs

From the alleys

To the underpass of the bridges

To the white picketed homes

To the very bed you sleep on

 

Across our great country

You can smell the fear

 

If you choose to smell

If you choose to acknowledge

You know that you reek of it

Yourself

 

Stop

 

Do you smell the fear now?

From the immigrants

Waiting to receive their citizenship

To the African-Americans

Driving by the police

To the women in line

At Planned Parenthood

To the child walking back to a home

In which they are not wanted

To the homeless waiting to see

If they will survive another night

 

Do you smell the fear?

 

You should

Because remember

You reek of it

 

Whether your fear

Is minimal

Or written all over your face

 

Do not ignore the fear

That threatens the life of others

And could threaten your own

 

So wake up

Wake up and smell

The fear

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