Clothesline People

Editor’s note: Recently I came across the following poem and thought that our readers might enjoy it.  It is called “clothesline”, and is by Marilyn Maciel.  

Question to ponder after reading the poem: do you think that choosing to speak inclusively is important?  Why or why not?  When?

I
you
us
them
those people –

wouldn’t it be lovely
if one could
live
in a constant state
of we?

Some of the most
commonplace
words
can be some of the biggest
dividers

they

what if there was
no they?
what if there
was only
us?

if words could be seen
as they floated out
of our mouths
would we feel no
shame
as they passed beyond
our lips?

if we were to string
our words
on a communal clothesline
would we feel proud
as our thoughts
flapped in the
breeze?

– by Marilyn Maciel, “clothesline”

Art Credit: Pinterest – Workman’s Tumblr

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