Stop the Hate

POETRY FORMAT, 21 Aug 2017

Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service

Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late

At a world in turmoil we sadly wonder
Our duty and responsibility we ponder

Through experience we know
Life is the energy good or bad that flow

Until our death when we are no more
And only our deeds tell our lore

Some of us were taught at schools
To remember the golden rules

Not only that we do to others what we hope for ourselves
But that there is a price or a prize for acts themselves

That everything we do we get back
A good or a bad deed even a smile or a crack

“God give them what they wish for me”
actually, what I do comes back to me

what I did yesterday
comes back to me today

You cannot make war for peace and security
Any more than you can have sex for virginity

Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late

Positive energy begets positive
Selfish thought begets negative

Choose Justice, kindness, and humanism
not Cruelty, greed, and racism

You can’t take money to your grave
Only bad deeds and good deeds left to save

Let this simple fact not get blurred
Save a child, a plant, a friend, or a bird

Worry about your spirit,
Of all pollution do clear it

The tranquil is not the hawk but the dove
You cannot conquer the hate except by the love

Take a deep breath in and gently breathe out
Meditate and you will find that winning route

Ponder how the soft conquers the hard
And why the evil deeds are marred

The roads of the wise like the water steams
Low and soft but stones dissipate in the way like dreams

The key is time which is patience realized
The door is kindness we must have utilized

Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late



Mazin Qumsiyeh, associate professor of genetics and director of cytogenetic services at Yale University School of Medicine, is founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-president of the Middle East Genetics Association. He won the Raymond Jallow Activism Award from the national Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. He is co-founder and national treasurer of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and has written extensively about the Middle East. Qumsiyeh is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, author of Sharing the Land of Canaan and Popular Resistance in Palestine, a professor at Bethlehem University and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History in Bethlehem.


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