Tolerance
 
tolerance

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

unchallenged

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

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