Civic Cen­tre vigil serves as re­minder

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

While lis­ten­ing to the var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious lead­ers speak at the vigil, in front of the Civic Cen­ter in Syd­ney, on Tues­day evening, I was re­minded of a poem I once used when ele­men­tary stu­dents vis­ited the UNIA [Uni­ver­sal Ne­gro Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion], in Glace Bay.

The ti­tle of the poem was “Where Mon­sters Can Grow,” au­thor un­known.

It is one thing to elect some­one as the Pres­i­dent of the United States, who cam­paigned on hate­ful in­tol­er­ance and dis­re­spect. But, now we have Cana­di­ans run­ning for the lead­er­ship of a na­tional party es­pous­ing the same garbage, pre­ten­tiously wrap­ping it in the Cana­dian flag. This be­ing African Her­itage Month, I thought it would be an apro­pos time to share that poem. It is writ­ten at a 4th grade read­abil­ity level, the same read­abil­ity level as Don­ald Trump’s po­lit­i­cal speeches; for those who read, think and speak as he does. Where Mon­sters Can Grow Be­ware of the mon­sters Who dwell in the mind, Who grow in the shel­ter Of shad­ows they find. Be­ware of the de­mons Who hide from the light, Who only sur­vive When our spir­its lose sight. Those crea­tures can thrive Where our knowl­edge is low; They fill in the spa­ces Of what we don’t know. Be­ware of the mon­sters That cause us to hate, To strike out in anger When we can’t re­late. For ig­no­rance dark­ens The mind and the heart, And helps all our mon­sters tear us apart. But learn­ing and think­ing Will strengthen us so, We won’t be the places Where mon­sters can grow. Al Moore Glace Bay

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