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Today my friend gave me

blue and yellow ribbons

to pin on my jacket.

Two to hand out.


The war grows desperate.

Compassion for the suffering Ukrainians

battles with my smoldering anger

for the attention and support

given to that country

of white-skinned Europeans.


Yes, says our president,

we will take in 100,000 refugees.


People fleeing El Salvador

are turned away–

South Sudan, Syria, Myanmar,

Congo, Nigeria, Yemen,

Afghanistan, Eritrea—

all in states of war,

10,000 or more

deaths this year

in each country.


Look in the mirror with wide eyes.

Who cries on the other side of the wall?


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