The Infiltrator

27 May

“We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.”
~Aesop

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The Infiltrator

There was a young man with long hair
As well as a long beard
Though his heart was pure, he was
Rebuffed and even feared

By people who had nice hair cuts
And wore a shirt and tie
They didn’t listen to his words
Instead, they used their eye

To form a judgement on what kind
Of person that he was
And their judgement was negative
Unwelcoming because

Of his long hair, his beard, tattoos
And piercings on his face
They told him he did “not fit in”
To find another place

To make a living, so this man
Pulled out his scissors and
Sheared his locks and facial hair
So their minds would expand

Out the piercings came and all
Tattoos were covered so
He appeared to be another
Normal, harmless schmoe

They judged him once again and liked
That nothing did stand out
His everyday appearance gained him
More respect and clout

But what these shallow folks could not
Recognize was the fire
That still resided in his eyes
The passion he had prior

That still remained despite the change
Although they all said, “Wow!
You look like a new person!”
They all failed to see just how

He had not changed one bit, in fact
His resolve just grew
To infiltrate the shallow group
Of phony people who

Wear a mask and hope that others
Will not see inside
This Infiltrator, however
Had nothing else to hide

And once his new exterior
Got his foot through the door
Those shallow, small-minded people
Would learn there’s something more

To this young man who did seem so
Traditional and bland
In time the piercings would return
And tattoos on his hand

Would be revealed and hair would grow
Again past shoulder’s length
And beard would grow back, but despite
The “new” look, same old strength

And none of this appearance change
Would matter anymore
Because they “knew him now” whereas
They had not way before

And irony is not many
Would learn the lesson here;
A long-haired, bearded, tattooed, pierced
Person should not be feared

Unless they DO something that warrants
That kind of reaction
But judging based on appearance?
That simply shows a fraction

Of brain power, awareness and
Acuity of mind
To close one’s eyes and listen is
The way we are designed

To think and discern for ourselves
Instead of being lazy
To simply let our eyes do all
The thinking is just crazy

And that is why the world needs those
Who infiltrate and show
Judging by appearance is
Something we must forgo

                                 ~For Mike

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2 Responses to “The Infiltrator”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker May 27, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Smiling wide. The heart of a warrior is found always within 🙂
    I have found more beautiful people who fit that discription in my life than the many who conform to what is ‘Norm’.
    I have many within my circle of friends who hold hearts of Gold.
    Sending .Mike my Best! 🙂

    • Miro May 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks, Sue! It all has to do with fear. “What will people think?” Those in my circle are people who care more what they think of themselves rather than what others think. Mike’s a very confident, perceptive and empathic guy so I’m sure he’ll use this experience as an ‘infiltrator’ to its fullest.

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