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An Analogy by Gary Bloom

Gary Bloom
When I wrote this poem I was thinking about the political discourse these days, much of it revolving around fear of Muslims, immigrants, gays, etc.

Living in the south, I often see the remains of armadillos on the highway and heard about their proclivity to jumping when startled, as when a car is approaching. I thought this ironic, considering their armored exterior. Sometimes fear and ignorance can cause us to do stupid things. Even the best armor doesn't protect the armadillo from fear.

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