100% Human – Jodie Jones

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.

100% Human

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.

Jodie Jones

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