My One Muslim Friend

Another shooting, a targeting of Muslims
And it all feels far away

I think of my One Muslim Friend
I conjure the image of his body on the floor
Blood smeared
I imagine it’s his wife and children weeping on TV
I imagine it’s his brother and his mother
lying still

I think of my One Muslim Friend
And wonder what can I do
I think of ways to reach out across this gulf
To express solidarity
And to condemn the actions of the murders

I think of my One Muslim Friend
And realise
That part of the problem
Is that I only have the One Muslim Friend.

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