Equality is reassurance your neighbor
will not get too far ahead of you.
The promise is we’re all one
but someone else decides which one.
Force is used to take from you
to give to others not of your choosing.
Equality invites not doing more
than others, until nothing works.
Plymouth Pilgrims lived it
into discord and starvation,
It continues to inspire. Unmarked
mass graves testify to its appeal.
Inequality is an open road.
A safe journey is not guaranteed.
No assurance is motivation
for hard work and invention.
Want and envy are harnessed
to produce what others desire.
Choice is virtue’s tool:
You cannot escape responsibility.
Equality is theft.
Inequality is insecurity.
Fairness and equality
are forever estranged.
Equality or freedom. The more
you have of one, the less of the other.
"Equality" and other poems will appear in Lilija Valis' forthcoming book, "Freedom on the Fault Line".