What They Know to be True

They asked the question
“Peace or victory”? and I thought
“isn’t peace already victory?” and
I was laughed at by people
who looked down and saw
something more than dirt, who
looked in their hands and saw
something more than air, who
looked in their hearts and saw
something more than love…
because they had a religious right
to that dirt with invisible lines
encircling enveloping owning it…
because they had weapons
in their hands to repel, to protect
to increase its size, it’s coverage…
because, they had hatred
in their hearts, the sum of what
they owned and what they
fought for combining to make
themselves different from
other people…
“Peace or Victory” is the question
that people who don’t believe
they are the same ask each other,
“Peace is Victory” is what people
who believe they are the same
already know to be true.

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