The Danger of Isms

Internal terrorism rising from narrow nationalism
Reminds me of the chills I feel
When hearing many words ending in ist or ism.
Many of us accused of favoring socialism
Instead feel a favoritism
Toward the system of capitalism,
As long as it doesn’t slide into mercantilism
Which widens and worsens the gap
Between richism and povertyism.

These slides and gaps can descend deeper,
Giving opportunism to purveyors of egotism
And narcissism to encourage hooliganism.
So they can advocate using militarism
To take over, declaring their leadership
Of new versions of fascism
And totalitarianism.

SO let’s stop sliding down with the isms!
Let’s stop letting them keep us apart.
People aren’t ists and don’t want
To live in isms.
No more schisms caused by isms.
The world is made up of you, me, and us.
Short words that usually express big, warm hearts.

Is this silly? Is this simplistic?
Of course it is.
But I’ve learned that big changes
Come from small steps.
So a small change in our words
May bring us a future-ism
Filled with harmony-ism.

Thanks for reading. I hope you want to read more of my stories and poems. Sometimes I write about current events in general, but I’ve found I veer into posts about U.S. politics more than I ever imagined I would. My other articles and poetry tend to be about whatever crosses my mind on any given day. Follow my efforts here.

Writing on whatever strikes my mood, from politics to humor (or a combination of the two), to spirituality, or whatever else shows up. Retired, not in retreat.

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