World War Z 
September 26, 2017

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

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WISDOM FROM THE SOURCE: There Are Angels Among Us     
May 14, 2017

By Royi Shaffin

Originally published in “City Beat Magazine”.

There are angels among us

They are inconspicuous
They do not call attention to themselves
But they are there nonetheless
There are angels among us
They help us out when we are carrying huge loads by ourselves
They save us when we are in danger
They show us the way home when we are lost
They speak words of comfort when we are distressed
There are angels among us
They might not have wings
At least not that are visible to us
They do not necessarily have halos
But they walk among us
They bring light where there is darkness
Hope when there is none
Faith to those who find it hard to believe
There are angels among us
They are black
They are white
They are brown
The next time someone comes out of nowhere to help you
Your prayers are answered through a stranger
You sit next to someone on the bus who just seems to illuminate the world
Look closely and remember
There are angels among us
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