when I find myself squeezing
to accept others differences
it’s like having a fish bone
stuck in my throat, choking

my airways n the way to my heart
in my unease I feel dizzy
my mind blurs in a tizzy
best release is tolerance

by being curious about differences
others become an extension of me
sets my heart and mind free
the choking sensation eases

sure I can’t ‘trust’ everyone
but to stop jumping to conclusions
I need to be more open to inclusion
for we are all one in wanting content

so why make each difference an event
each challenge is my lesson sent
to enable personal growth and build
on my character, mission fulfilled

for those who impress most
make everyone feel precious
they are genuinely kind
in their company I unwind

while those of narrow mind
seem threateningly blind
instinct says beware
for others they have little care

so my gut knows it well
gotta step outta my cell
be open and accepting
so we share the blessing