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Under the MaGNiFYiNG glass

By Chad Hulbert

I look up through the magnifying glass of antipathy
And see a mature hate, larger than life,
Emanating from a childish mind, uncultivated, only molded.

You hold the lens between us,
To keep me from seeing the reality
Of your paranoia and fear and hate.

But I look around the magnifying glass when you aren't paying attention
And see that you just don't know.

I look up through the magnifying glass of church
And feel the scrutinizing glare of your religion.
Thousands of years preaching holy doctrines without understanding.

You hold the lens between us,
Magnifying your divine inspired authority, at least the appearance of it.
They are your rules and it is your God.
Are you sure your beliefs reflect those of your God?
Or have you created a God to reflect your beliefs?

But I look around the magnifying glass when you aren't paying attention
And I see that you just don't know.

I look up though the magnifying glass of your science,
Only to hear your unfounded theories and "best guesses" magnified to epic proportions
When you really are grasping for a visage of justification for your beliefs.

I am crucified with words like "unnatural" and "abnormal".
Have you looked at the world around you?
Or do your theories apply only to what don't like?

But I look around the magnifying glass when you aren't paying attention
And I see that you just don't know.

I look up through the magnifying glass of compassion
And see the glass is missing.
I embrace the feeling of community.
My friends and family -- and the others like me.

They have broken the paradigm,
Ripped free from the stereotypes,
And love me for who I am.

I don't need to look around the magnifying glass when they aren't paying attention,
Because they know.


4/15/97
Chad Hulbert, 19, is a gay college student at RIT in Rochester, NY

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