Equality is an idea

loaded as much

with fear as it is

with promise.


Equality is not free;

it is bought at great

price, with effects

that we cannot perceive

or really fathom.


Equality disrupts

and slices into

the neat order

of the cake

that we have

always eaten.


Equality brings losers

and it brings winners,

and even the innocent

are subject to

its shifts and

to the changes

that take all that is

and replace it

with the troubling unknown.


Equality has a beautiful face,

that we should all see,

but take care of

it’s deadly tail.