Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tokens of Gratitude

During the attacks
on a kosher supermarket
in Paris

a Muslim man named Lassana Bathily
protected Jewish hostages

by telling them to hide
in the freezer.

In response
to Rupert Murdoch

saying that even peaceful Muslims

must bear responsibility
for terrorist attacks

fellow billionaire and Christian
J.K. Rowling said

"Peaceful Muslims
are no more responsible for terror

than I am for Murdoch."

And might peaceful Muslims
like peaceful Christians

one day be able
to take responsibility

for the heroic acts
performed by followers
of their religion

or must they stand alone
as the exception?

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.