Unlucky

How unlucky it must be
to have four leaves
amidst a field
of three-leaved stems,
to be lonely in any
and every crowd,
to never feel the understanding
of another in the same situation.
Surely, mercy would be taken
and others would help it to thrive.
Instead, it is plucked,
pulled from its home
because it is different.
This one is rare, yes,
but natural selection
has no place here.
The predatory claws that snatch it
belong to the same being
whose eyes see color before personality,
gender before potential,
shape and size before beauty,
and sexuality before equality.
Who first said four leaves was lucky?
Was it the same person
who said men chose to like other men,
and women to like other women,
along with all of the shame,
the loneliness and judgment?
Or perhaps it was the same person
who said Native Americans
would like to give up their homes
to live on reservations,
and Africans would like
to work for no pay
or be abused?
Maybe it was the same person
who said skinny was beautiful
or that only curves made a real woman?
Could it have been the same person
who said women should not vote
and should be paid less
for equal work,
or that only men
could rape or abuse?
How unlucky it must be
to have four leaves
amidst a field
of three-leaved stems.

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