World War Z 

By Royi Israel Shaffin

Inspired by the films “Madagascar” and “World War Z”.  Originally published in “City Beat Magazine”.
I declare World War Z 

Z is not for zombie

It is for zebra
I declare World War Z

The war to make us realize 

that we are all zebras

To make us see our black stripes

And our white stripes

I declare World War Z

Go ahead and check your DNA

No one is just one thing

We are all zebras 

Black with white stripes

Or White with black stripes

I declare World War Z

When we shout against that person 

Who we think is so different 

Or inferior

Or an enemy

Just remember

We carry that person inside of us

That person is a stripe or two or three 

on that coat of many stripes 

that makes us who we are
I declare World War Z

A war of words

A war of ideas

A war of love vs hate

Compassion vs anger
I declare World War Z

We are all Black

We are all White

We are all Mediterranean 

We are all Iberian

We are all East Asian

We are all Jewish

We are all Arab

We are all Hispanic 

We are all Indian 

We are all Native American 

We are all Aboriginal Australian

We are all Inuit 

We are all humanity

We are more than 99% identical in every way

In the beginning God made 

one man and one woman 

So that no one could say

My ancestors were greater than yours
I declare Wold War Z

So go ahead and get that DNA test

Science doesn’t lie

And you will see

That you too are a zebra

And the next time you see

Someone who looks and acts

So different from you

You will remember that

That person is a part of you 

And you are a part of them 

Because we are all zebras

I declare World War Z

For more of Shepherd of Israel’s writings:

https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Bible-Royi-Shaffin/dp/1935604139

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One Response

  1. A powerful message and so needed for these times. What is that saying about the teacher appearing when you need him? Your poems always appear when we need them. I will never forget reading your angel poem as I was in the office waiting to get the mammogram. I hope you and your family are doing well.

    Best Regards,

    [image: Herr Von Muellerhoff Regular] Elizabeth Montes Head of School 915-833-0808 elpasojewishacademy.com

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    On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 7:03 AM, Shepherd of Israel wrote:

    > shepherdofisrael posted: “By Royi Shaffin Inspired by the films > “Madagascar” and “World War Z”. Originally published in “City Beat > Magazine”. I declare World War ZZ is not for zombie It is for zebra I > declare World War Z The war to make us realize that we are all z” >

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