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Cultivation of Differences
by Carolyn CJ Jones

Friday, July 02, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This is an excerpt from the work "Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing." This verse deals with how we squash the spirit of another when we require them to be like us. It asks us to consider that each is beautiful in one's own right.

 Cultivation of Differences

We ask, require, demand that those around us be like us,
share our attributes, our beliefs.
And in so doing, we compare... one to another.
In that process, do we not squash the spirit of one
who is different from us - 
one whose thoughts and dreams and talents 
lie in a different place?

We are like wrought-iron gates.
Although similar in design,
what thrives in one spot does not grow in another. 
On one, there is rust or corrosion or patina,
while on the other is mellowed brass.

One is not more beautiful than another.
Each has beauty in its own right,
if we will only look... if we will only see. 





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Reviewed by Z McClure 1/11/2012
You have beautifully captured one half of the universal paradox. Your poem reminds us that some differences were meant by God. However, the side of the paradox is needed as well. Conformity is a virtue, but taken too far, as your poem reminds us, it crushes life itself.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 2/4/2011
Very nicely done.
Reviewed by Regis Schilken 1/28/2011
"In that process, do we not squash the spirit of one
who is different from us -"

I'm afraid your words ring true. Look at the differences in the world today. Those differences dictate war or terror when in fact, we are all human beings!

Reviewed by Frances Seymour 10/7/2010
Hi Carolyn, A great description of our own individual giftedness by our Maker! Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe 7/2/2010
Yes, we are all different and we are all beautiful. One day everyone will see that beauty lies not in conformity but in individuality. Only when we are allowed to be true to ourselfes can we create wonders.

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