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is how much poison

one can safely bear

it is how much pain

one can endure

yes, it is also

how much one lets go


though it violates

one's core beliefs

but the third form

of tolerance

is no different

than the first two

when the poison

exceeds tolerance

when the pain

exceeds tolerance

when the bigotry

the hatefulness

the violence

exceeds tolerance

when it is no longer safe

to be tolerant

then challenge

do not endure

do not simply bear

the poison

the pain

the bigoted hateful violence

sometimes it is unsafe

to challenge

but it is no more safe

to be tolerant