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Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, Long Division


06.02.10 Posted in Contributor Series 5, today's words by

Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae
Long Division
By Rae Spencer

Long have humans sought conflict
Rejected each other
With words that maim community
Barriers buried in pronouns

Enmeshed in massive groups of they
He and she live apart from you and I

He follows a spiritual path
Into places you cannot understand
And she lives in a neighborhood
Many miles away from me

They earn more or less than you
And disagree with my politics

A different gender
A different race
Or named by the million descriptors
That bind and blind

Mostly they are outside our experience
An entire section of humanity lost

In some other frame of reference
You are they and I am them
And everyone is separated
By pronouns that exclude

Miracles come in smaller words
That include we and us


Rae Spencer’s poetry appeared at vox poetica in 2009 and 2010. Her most recent poem, Hey, May, appeared in May 2010; her poem What If was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009. 



3 Responses to “Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, Long Division”

  1. You have united a family of strangers with mystical thoughts. Nice.

  2. Good focus and development of the power of pronouns to unite or divide us!

  3. bobbie troy says:

    I love the last two lines!

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