Alas, bigotry does not reveal his face to light
He covers himself with shards of piety
Poised to ensnare the unwary to his cause
Peek under the veil, my friends,
Recognise the standard bearer
Before you set out on the march

Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2015

I read a wonderful post by Tanveer Rauf – Bigotry – and that spurred me to pen the above.



    1. Hello Stephen,

      You are right in that, blogging does sap one’s time, energy and ability to write novellas, let alone novel-length works. My dropping off the blogging grid these past few months is primarily because of these downsides.

      The upsides are – I like to think that I’m honing my skills for writing ultra short stories – flash fiction, if you like. I converted many of these into short film scripts – yes, I also write screenplays, as you know.

      Coming back to Mechanic Leigh – yes, I recall we both started our “series” about the same time. Mechanic Leigh is now a book and I’m in the process of converting the episodes into a TV series.

      I’ve also converted my Brothers Grinn stories into two novel length books – but turning these into a TV series would be tougher because of the nature of the Brothers Grinn antics πŸ™‚

      I did not plan to write screenplays or convert my blog posts into books – these ideas came later, because, I’m not one to fritter away my efforts or output.

      All good wishes with your writing,

  1. Wonderful, thought-provoking poem, Eric. Self-righteousness does act as a shield for bigotry. We must look beyond that. Good to see a post from you… of course I’m days behind in reading, which seems to be the norm lately πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing well!

    1. Hello Janna,

      Thank you for your visit and contribution – I like and agree with what you say about that self righteous shield πŸ™‚

      I just finished some rehearsals on set yesterday with full cast and crew – Gosh! It can be draining – but also great fun. There’s something else that is great fun and draining and starts with an “s” πŸ‘Ώ

      Trust that all is well this Easter weekend,

  2. It’s been a long while Eric, but you are back to get our grey cells churning.

    Piety is a very useful and simplest weapon to veil not just bigotry but many other unpleasant thoughts or acts. Most are drawn to the pious and rarely recognize beyond the surface.

    1. Dear Windy,

      I thought that I’ll return to blogging when time permits – but time is shrinking and I decided to set aside some of it.

      Regarding piety – it’s bad enough when lay people harbour and practise bigotry. But I know several priests and nuns who preach universal love but practise bigotry.

      Oh well, as you sow so shall you —

      Luv and hugz for a friend,

  3. Brilliant Eric! The question is why isn’t it evident to more people? Perhaps, deep down they don’t want to ‘see’?

    1. It’s easier not to see it or worse, acknowledge it – in others, as well as in self. To do so, might compel one to DO something about it, I reckon. What was it they say about “ignorance” and “bliss”?

      Thank you, Madhu, for your visit and comment πŸ™‚

  4. Dear Eric,

    Good, as always to read your words, my friend. : )

    One can never wholly eradicate bigotry and all its manifestions. “Eracism” is not possible; both lurk just below the surface, simmering like some seism, smoking and belching putrid fetid fumes into all societies.

    Take care, and much success to all your endeavors, good Sir! Paul πŸ™‚

    1. My dear dear friend, Paul

      Great to have you visit. I’ll be popping over soon – with JD in hand. Yes, it’s that time of the day for a glass of golden stress reliever πŸ™‚

      Perhaps, all of us suffer from varying degrees of bigotry and at various times. But only some of us recognise and actively try to discard it. Others, as David said, try to rationalize it or, are delusional.

      As usual, I love your choice of words.

      All good wishes, my friend πŸ™‚

  5. You’re dealing with a topic so relevant in today’s world. Every war or exploitation has its roots in an attitude of “I’m better and you are on this earth to serve my needs.”

    1. Hello, Bill,

      I’ve missed blogging and the interactions. Still swamped with other stuff but decided to dip a toe in the water for now.

      Yes, all is well and trust that same goes for you and yours too πŸ™‚

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