United Nations

The united nations congregate

at the airside playground,

by the boarding gates.

Screams and cries echo

through the multinational crowd.

The loud wooden bus is over booked,

standing room only

on a journey to everywhere.

Meanwhile the slide has an orderly que

with just a few love affairs starting

as pairs peel away holding hands

new best friends.

The seesaw is stuck in heavy tide

with disputes over ride times

flaring and ending in smiles and laughter

and hugs after.

Only the adults by the rail intervene

or are overly keen and cause fuss

in the press to again board the wooden bus

Teaching our children racism

and nationalism in the schism of worry

instead of learning from the yearning

of kids three to eight not to hate

or discriminate

but play in peace by the boarding gate.

- Dave Kavanagh

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