You People

A draft of a poem…

You People

I’m sorry, but murderers hide among your people.
We might welcome you
But how can we know
You’re not one of them?

I’m sorry, but murderers hide in your midst.
We might like your nation
Though you mistrust us
Scratch our souls, squeeze our spirits.

Your people
Or people like you
Sharpen knives 
Crave death
Believe killing brings afterlife of
Virgins and wealth.

Your people
Or people like you
Seal hearts
Claim to follow Jesus
Who opened his heart to outsiders
Lepers and Samaritans.

Someone like you
Might storm our shopping mall
Blow himself up in the Food Court
Next to Big Macs and a theater
Where Star Wars women show bare legs.

Someone like you
Might storm a clinic mosque or church
Spray bullets into bodies 
Before SWAT soldiers arrive
and CNN posts Facebook rants.

I wish you well,
Would like to see you receive help.
But if it’s true as you say–
So many more like you than the evildoers
Why have you not stopped them?

I wish you no ill
Though Allah knows I have cause,
You who have so much.
With so many more followers of Jesus than Satan
Why have you not opened your hearts?

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