Saturday, 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT). This is the day that the UN observes ending this discrimination. It’s also the day that the World Health Organisation omitted homosexuality as a mental illness in 1990. The campaign for IDAHOT 2014 is “Freedom of Expression”. See more at IDAHOT 2014 website.
There is a famous quote that says “The Earth laughs in flowers”. I also believe earth equally laughs in colourful rainbow of races, cultures and beliefs. Through the poem ‘This Require Poetical Laughing’, I appeal to everyone – let’s allow Earth to smile through human diversity.
THIS REQUIRES POETICAL LAUGHING
Have you ever seen the Earth laughing;
rumbling deep grunts of acceptance
timeless throughout spring and summer.
Emerson was indeed right.
The Earth laughs in flowers.
No you haven’t.
You haven’t seen Earth laughing
because if you did,
rejection wouldn’t be your word.
The Earth needs diversity
to keep its timeless smile.
No matter who you are
or whom you love.
Allow Earth to smile through humanity.
Let it burst to a laughter rich of
cultures, beliefs and races.
It’s the shortest distance you’ll ever know.
Begin with a tickle, then a laughter.
Infect us all with your acceptance.
Make equality work.
Earth is better
when we are all laughing.
© Gloria D. Gonsalves