Poetica: Paradox of peoplehood


Are flags inclusive?

 

 

Do banners waved in faces

 

 

tell us who we are?

 

 

 

 

 

Trumped up politics

 

 

unite us by rhetoric,

 

 

yet fail in the streets.

 

 

 

 

 

People paradox!

 

 

Despite our diversity,

 

 

we want to be we.

 

 

 

 

 

How can we do this,

 

 

unless there is another

 

 

labelled “outsider”?

 

 

 

 

 

Won’t joining others

 

 

erase our differences –

 

 

those that make us great?

 

 

 

 

 

If community

 

 

means connected at the hip,

 

 

there is but one path.

 

 

 

 

 

But take proffered hands,

 

 

explore wilderness trails,

 

 

walk we’s into us.

 

 

 

 

 

Talk shared purposes,

 

 

accept strange invitations,

 

 

make our hour ours.

 

 

 

 

 

Let the alien

 

 

invite curiosity.

 

 

Taste and see what’s we.

 

 

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