Once upon a time

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Once upon a time… is this a fable, a myth, a bedtime tale, or …. you tell me!!!

Once upon a time…

The handicapped were hidden.
In mental institutions; locked up.
It was courage that changed thoughts.
And empathy that broke the locks.

Once upon a time…

Homosexuals were beaten; killed.
They hid deep in the closet.
With courage they came out.
Today, they are still persecuted.

Once upon a time…

God gave us the Ten Commandments.
Human weakness broke each and all.
Has mankind changed through the centuries?.
Today, prisons are full of monsters.

Once upon a time…

My homeland was coloured blind.
The difference in skin colour didn’t exist.
A multi-religious nation with high respect.
Today, I feel a rip; a tear has begun.

Once upon a time…

Our homes had no fences or gates.
No bars on windows or doors.
When did we become frighten and paranoid?
Today, we are prisoners in a gated community.

Once upon a time…

I believed in happy endings.
Good always wins; bad always loses.
All I see now is evil spreading its vile.
Today, I search for empathy; I hope for courage.

Once upon a time…

We feared God; we obeyed God.
Our conscience was strong.
Do you see God sitting on the sidelines?
Today, our intelligence questions God.

Once upon a time…

I waited hopefully.
I won’t lose hope.
I continue to hope.
As long as there is hope…..

By C.E. Pereira
(21-6-2016)

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Author: cepcarol

I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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