there is a weight
there is a weight
we feel even
when others
look at us,
and it's heaviest
when it's difference
that kneels
on our necks
'til death's content.

there is a weight
some carry
better than others,
no matter
how seen,
where such burden
is lifted up
when it's time
on their knees spent.

Matthew 11:30. Jesus invites us to take on
His yoke, for it "is easy and its burden light."
*The most persecuted people in the world/history (not in order of degree or amount of time): Jews, Christians, Muslims, Chinese, Irish, Mexicans, Africans, African Americans, Italians, American Indians, French, Japanese, East Indians, Russians, Bulgarians, nomadic Roma people, Armenians, Silesians, Serbs, Greeks, Turks, Polish, Assyrians, Kurds, Germans, Libyans, 

Tibetans, Taiwanese, Ukrainians, Romanians, Crimean Tatars, Croatians, Bosnians, Hungarians, Montenegrins, Indonesians, Palestinians, Burmese Indians, Arabs, the Igbo people, Biafrans, Chagossians, Bengalis, Hindus, Cypriots, Hmong, Vietnamese, Thais, the Rohingya people, the Tamil people, 

Sikhs, Azerbaijanis, Fulas, Toucouleurs, Wolofs, Soninkes, Bambarans, Lhotshampans, Bhutanese, Ossetians, Azeris, Bosniaks, Albanians, Georgians, Mbuti Pygmies, Timorese, Botswana Bushmen, Iraqis, the Karen people, Kenyans, Ethiopians, Somalis, Pakistanis, black South Africans, Uzbeks, Syrians, Sudanese, etc. (I'm sure I left some people out.)

by J Alan R

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