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Refiner’s Fire

“You can’t hate the roots of a tree,

and not hate the tree.”

– Malcolm X

Whenever someone says

“All I want” or “All

I wanted,”

It is never all they want,

Nor all they wanted.

Whenever they say

All I said or All I asked

It is never all they said,

And never all they asked.

The word cannot be spoken

Without implying

Its implications.

You cannot hate the machine

And not hate its component

Parts.

You cannot hate the key

And love the lock,

Hate time

And love the clock,

Be careful

Without taking stock,

Love me truly

And leave me here to rot.

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