Awkward Principles

I try to stand on principles
As awkward as they are.
It always costs me to do so
And does not get me far.

I step aside when people show
Contempt or prejudice,
I call it out and say what’s what
I make clear what it is.

And there are those who half-way nod
And say it is a shame
That there are people so downtrod
And prejudice’s to blame.

But do they walk from those who spread
Such undiluted hate?
Or do they shuffle awkwardly
And hang around and wait?

So often when I make a stand
No matter what the tone,
Despite those who claim to want it banned,
I seem to stand alone.

E.M. Swift-Hook

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