Do Not Label Me

do not label

I may be

Black or white or yellow

Or any shades between

Do not label me

*

I may be

Hetero or metro or gay

Or any shades between

Do not label me

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I  may be

young or old or adult

or any shades between

Do not label me

*

I may be

Muslim or Christian or Agnostic

or any shades between

Do not label me

do not label 3

I may be

many shades of differentness

Underneath that label

whatever it may be

I am just like you

and you and you

*

Labels tend to

stick and stay

And leave a sticky mess

so

 hard

to remove

do not label 1

So best

not to

 label me  at all

Just call me

by

my

name

*

and add an

adjective or two

if there be a need

to describe

something

more

that

paints a picture

of my

essence

do not label 4

© Raili Tanska

Images Pixabay, Facebook

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46 thoughts on “Do Not Label Me

      1. Awesome – thank you so much ! Mine automaticaly goes to my FB page. From there it often gets shared on. I agree, the word needs to be spread far and wide !

  1. Terrific poem! Particularly loved this thought: “Labels tend to stick and stay And leave a sticky mess…” Ain’t that the truth. You’ll laugh (or maybe you’ll be sad) when I tell you what it made me think of. George Reeves, the guy who played Superman in the old TV series. He was labeled for being a specific kind of actor (probably implying he had no real acting ability — though he WAS in Gone With The Wind) and could never get serious roles after doing the Superman series. He finally killed himself leaving a note saying that’s why he was committing suicide. I would say that was a hell of a mess…

  2. SO many responses to this one … that I could say … but I’m going to be brief … HELL TO THE YEAH LADY!!!!!! You got this mantra for our age DOWN! (nods head vigorously) now all we need is for EVERYONE to be a lot like YOU. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. It’s a message I will share.. At a time when people from this side of the globe label you by the sound of you second name.
    Good piece

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