inclusion

often I have felt I was walking a fine line
one step wrong and I could slip into ice cold
water in this hauntingly eerie valley of life
disorientated alien what does the world want

how can I fit into others expectations
into a biased world view that is seldom
sympathetic to those who need to march
to a different drum, to those not able

to fit into that box of societal norms
the push to perform and conform
feel like they are drowning me
no acceptance of differences

feels like these foggy walls are
closing in, squeezing my need
to be free, my need to be me
will I ever emerge from this

oppressive nightmare
can I awake to enjoy
the same fresh free air
just see me for me and let me be

dedicated to all those who struggle to fit in for whatever reason …
Sadje’s “What do you see”

inclusion is kindness and essential, exclusive is abusive!

29 comments

  1. So true and words of reality, Kate. The world and the way they want to sap us in any which way. We have to fit into the box that is appreciated by all otherwise will be rejected thoroughly. The ending was superb when will we be ourselves. The picture was perfect.

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  2. I agree echo with what Chris said, we all struggle to fit in .

    And i would love to say that when i read your poem out loud to my daughters, they noticed and applauded the lyrical value of the poem. It sound like a song they said with a very powerful message.

    P.S
    We are in the middle of another big storm at the moment 🙏🙏

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  3. Equal can be interpreted in different ways. It would be nice if we could see more similarities and stop focusing on the differences.

    More schools are teaching kindness. Good, but sad as I think kindness should start in the home. Though that is far from the actual truth.

    Wise words that should be posted on public walls!

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  4. The expectations of others is a constant pressure – and we have the choice of laboring under those expectations or throwing off the burden! The norm is a myth and average doesn’t exist. We are all unique and as such inclusion is life. Exclusion diminishes the individual and society in equal measure.

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  5. We’ve all felt this way. You’ve expressed it so well, SweetKate!

    The greatest gift we can give to children, to others…is to let them be themselves and be treated with respect, acceptance, love. 🙂 A gift we can give to ourselves, also! 🙂

    No matter who we are, where we are, etc., we all have more in common than we realize. And we should learn from our few differences. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS… “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

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  6. This is a significant theme of life to be worked through, you have worded it so beautifully. How we all crave the same connection. Also can relate to the walking on thin line- that’s how the path of self discovery feels like. The balance is to be maintained with such fine presence. We need to be in community to be able to keep going and yet we have to keep finding our way through the structures of society.

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  7. A thought provoking poem Kate. I can feel this “how can I fit into others expectations” and ” one step wrong and I could slip into ice cold”. The societal rules are so stringy. It’s harder when we have no help from government.

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  8. I believe that a person must march to the beat of their own drum; how else can they make music? So much music would be lost if all the players had the exact same beat. How much better to simply listen to ones own heart…come what may. Beautiful poem, Kate…always, there is music in your poetry, and many people who like to listen to it! 🙂

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