Building Bridges – A Poem Written March 22, 2011, by Leen Jaber
Can I trust you?
Muslim, Christian, Jew?
Can we share a cup of coffee?
Maybe tell you my story?
Can we go see a movie?
Popcorn, extra butter and a cherry icee?
Can we chuckle together at an episode of Seinfeld?
Or agree on the best clip of SNL?
Can we talk about our first loves?
Or our image of God above?
Should we talk about Israel?
Or is that subject sealed?
Do you have a cat, dog or bird?
Or is this subject also way too absurd?
What’s your favorite song?
Oh, I’m sorry; I didn’t know this topic was also wrong.
What? You don’t like ‘Twilight’?
Hey, that’s ok. I don’t want to start a fight.
Oh wait, you have blood running through your veins too?
So then the stories are true.
I really didn’t know that you cry when in pain.
Interesting, I guess that means we’re all the same.
Oh jeez, you hate the 9 to 5?
Me too. I just do it to survive.
Are you a PC or Mac?
Okay okay, they’re all computers. Let’s just leave it at that.
We may have more in common than we thought.
But building bridges may buy us more than we bought.
Hey, what do you do for fun?
Or should we talk about what a Godless nation we’ve become?
Our differences, our similarities.
Our strengths, our frailties.
Well let’s just provide superficial smiles.
Even after talking for a while.
No love, no connection, no trust.
I guess this encounter was a bust.
Thank you so much for your time.
And of course this little rhyme.
But we will never consolidate
Our visions of fate.
So, you go live in your box, and I’ll live in mine.
I hope I didn’t get out of line.
And maybe one day we’ll meet again.
Please take good care my friend.
Take good care…