Do Not Label Me

I posted this poem almost twelve months ago.

It’s time to share it again.

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

do not label 2

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

Steps for Peace

Nusrath Sariffo’deen’s blog, The Diary of a Muslim Girl, posted a link to an anti-terrorism ad today. It includes actual victims of terror attacks. I thought it was a good time to share this powerful message –


20 thoughts on “Do Not Label Me

  1. Wonderful poem! And, dare I say it, very apt for our times. I despair at the way we, as a society, seek to pigeonhole people. Thank you for sharing this again! ❤

      1. And quite right too! We have to keep saying how we feel. We can’t just say it once and then keep quiet.

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