WHEN WE WERE KIDS

When we were kids
it was boys versus girls,
cops and robbers,
lights against darks.

Only later did it become
inequality and injustice,
sexism and racism.

When we were kids
it was just a game 
that we were playing.
We were having fun
pitting ourselves against
each other,
fellow brothers and sisters.

If we only knew.

When we were kids           
we were young.
The World was our neighborhood,
our neighborhood was the World!

When we were kids
our voices were our voices.

When we were kids
we were captains and coaches,
the referees and the players.
We kept our own score.

Our memories are so short
term.
                        
When we were kids
we were of the same kind.
Creative and innocent,
equal pupils of life.
And now we are not.

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