|Halloween in Maui, Hawaii 2012|
An insidious, destructive prejudice has grown
against the Zombie population in the U.S.
Granted they are quite different,
and difference makes anyone suspect.
Though we lack sufficient evidence of their overt aggression,
we now have manuals in case of their attacks -
"The Zombie Survival Guide, Complete Protection From the Living Dead by Max Brooks."
We repeat slogans like mantras -
"Destroy the brain you kill the ghoul." (Night of the Living Dead)
Zombies share similarities with other minority groups.
Some zombies identify with the oppressor
by calling upon the 2nd amendment to protect themselves
Others, ashamed of their heritage,
deny they are Zombies, disguised they 'blend in'.
Both liberal and conservative groups defend their rights,
teach us about cultural sensitivity, acceptance
of Zombies' non-beliefs in love or any of its associates
(involuntary effect of being undead).
Like most minority groups, Zombies influence mainstream culture:
food - we die to eat.
TV - we watch brainless shows and call them reality.
Language - we refrain from using words in favor of guttural sounds. Ugh
Fashion - torn clothing designed to bring out that unique disheveled look.
Education - no Zombie left behind.
Like it or not Zombies are significant.
Some of my best friends are Zombies,
some have married Zombies, have Zombie kids.
I can testify to their unique contributions.
As an expert - my advice?
Learn to recognize the Zombie shuffle.
Do not fear or hate them, show compassion,
be aware of any Zombeiism in you
to live or die.
(Submitted to Dverse Poets)