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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