by David Madgalene
if they shot you down
they would fly by later
toss flowers inscribed
"To a Honorable and Chivalrous Foe."
If you were wounded
they’d sneak into the hospital
at great personal risk
bring you gifts chat you up
you honorable and chivalrous foe.
It's too bad
people no longer respect
nor have compassion
for their enemies.
It could be there are no more
honorable and chivalrous foes.
Or is it that we’re not so honorable
and chivalrous anymore ourselves?
may I refuse to demonize you
nor may I ever lose sight of your humanity
and your basic human right to exist
and to believe as you see fit, even should
we not agree and our viewpoints draw us
My enemy, you have just as
much right to a good life for yourself and
your children as do I. May I never make you a
mere scapegoat onto which to transfer the shadow
material that I cannot accept in myself.
Let there be respect for my enemies,
and let it begin with me.