A mouse and a lion are very different
from the outside
their lines trace them out to be that way
in fact they define opposite
-the world would like to say.
They would say
they are too different
from their creases to the way they walk
to how loudly they shout
or how quietly they talk.
From even how dull their pasts reflect
or how bright their scars shine.
Our world likes to do it that way
they divide and build borders –
for this is yours,
and this is mine.
They tell me that a thousand likes
or a dozen comments and words
are the way to succeed and dream,
but through the eyes of each heart
even a lion and a mouse
are more alike than they seem.
For when we strip away each layer,
when we peel back each scar,
revealed becomes each heart
and we see how similar
we really are.
When we forget how they live or look
when we let go of what we have been told
when the crowds cannot gather
and the events are put on hold,
when we forget what they say
though so much has changed,
we start to see people
in this new and beautiful way.
Change is happening.
Differences do exist,
but when it becomes about each heart
love doesn’t just conquer, it really can persist.
And that is where we realize
that like the mouse and the lion
we need each other
not the competition or fame
not the “he said, she said” game
because despite our beautiful differences
very much the same.