Labels

I see them
I hear them
I cringe inside

I want to speak
I want to cry
I want to run away

So much pain
Inside the words
So much pain
Behind the words

Labels, boxes
Mine and yours
Define us
Divide us

Don’t you get it?!
Don’t you understand?!

We’re destroying
Ourselves
With the words
We use

       Can’t we choose to
STOP!?!

Patricia Burlison
©2011

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