May You Always Find Something To Like

May You Always Find Something to Like
©2019 by Alice Walker

May you always find
Something to like
About the person who most scares you.
May you see those scary teeth
Might be retractables.
May you see where he is afraid.
This does not mean
You must follow him home at night
Or goddess forbid
Sleep in his bed
Or have snacks
In his shadow.
It just means
You have outgrown a prejudice
Instilled in you from birth
That someone so strange
Must keep scaring you to death
All your days.

That someone who glowers
And rants like a crazy person
Was once, and is still, a being
More or less
For all he may rage,
Like you.