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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Human Beings by Adrian Mitchell

(for the company of the truthful
and beautiful Red Red Shoes
by Charles Way, staged by the
Unicorn Theatre for Children)
look at your hands
your beautiful useful hands
   you're not an ape
 you're not a parrot
you're not a slow loris
  or a smart missile
    you're human

   not british
 not american
  not israeli
not palestinian
  you're human

   not catholic
not protestant
  not muslim
    not hindu
 you're human

we all start human
  we end up human
    human first
     human last
   we're human
  or we're nothing

nothing but bombs
  and poison gas
nothing but guns
  and torturers
nothing but slaves
of Greed and War
if we're not human

     look at your body
with its amazing systems
of nerve-wires and blood canals
  think about your mind
 which can think about itself
and the whole universe

    look at your face
which can freeze into horror
    or melt into love
look at all that life
    all that beauty
    you're human
  they are human
  we are human
let's try to be human