We’re all human regardless of our birthplace
My name is Jodie Jones and I’m 28 years old, I’ve been writing poetry for over a decade and it’s took me until now to get brave enough to send any of it to anyone. I owe this new bravery to my little boy Peter, who’s 2. Because he is fearless and I’m convinced I learn more from him than he does from me. Anyway, peace and love.
There’s a little, square piece of fabric
Sewn to a place that makes my skin itch.
100% cotton from my waist up
With a drawn on smile made of makeup.
I hide in a disguise that I’ve created
But I’m still shoved in a category and hated.
Whether I stand out or I blend in
There’s always someone I’m offending.
And I just can’t escape the judgemental
If I had a label it would read “please be gentle”.
Who knew the fabrics of our heart
Form the blocks from where we start?
And the skin that creates our surface
Is the ticket that gets you furthest?
I’m not taking part in that race
We’re all human regardless of our birthplace.
Cut off the labels attached to our skin
We’re the same underneath and we’re the same within.
Yet we all close our eyes and sit in the dark
I can hear society crying of a broken heart.
100% human 100% of people
We’re all best dressed when we’re equal.
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