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  We're All Swimmers
by Charles B. Neff
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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There are lots of forces at work in the world today. Many scare us and in the process, divide us. Is there a better way, where we emphasize commonality and understanding? This poem presents one way of thinking about answers to that question.


 

             We’re All Swimmers
 
 
Maybe it’s just too diverse to grasp.
Or seems immense
Like an ocean
When it’s really smaller
Than we think.
To survive in it we seek refuge
In shallow and deep spots
Where we feel comfortable.
We cluster in schools
For our protection
Or for the feeling of belonging.
After a while it’s easy
To think that the labels we create
Are the reality of existence.
We paint ourselves in gaudy hues
And then use them
To identify friends and enemies.
That might work for fish
And for animals against predators.
But we’re supposed to be smarter.
And didn’t we at one time
Band together to insure our survival?
That seems lost now
In the drive to feel exceptional,
Trying to separate ourselves
From a process of millennia
That has made us what we are.
We all swim in the gene pool
And no way can we leave it.
There are still predators out there,
Many of our own creation.
Why not pool together?
Is there anything smarter than that?
 
Charles Neff
8/15/2010

 


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Reviewed by Thurman Faison 10/11/2010
Nice thoughts, so true.
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