I Am Diversity

For Creativity Challenge Day 12: Diversity

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I Am Diversity

A Native American grandmother,
keeping her secret, yet giving cryptic,
almost clear answers, to questions asked
by a curious girl child.

A father put out for adoption
before he was a year old, then
back into foster care when only four.

A skull with a steel pin as a stopper,
to hold in all those questions
of a curious girl child.

A niece, adopted, and her three daughters
who have blood of Africa flowing
in veins and coloring their skin.

A nephew, openly gay, who loves
home-baked raspberry pie only
a little less than his lover.

A mother, housewife, who at age
sixty, picked up a paint brush
and showed us all that it’s never
too late to begin.

A Personal Mythology built
around a love of Nature,
animals, and the Wild Child,

A Catholic upbringing that declared
divorce a mortal sin, yet that sin
became only path to freedom
from continued abuse.

Same path that led to a pen,
bleeding black ink as it formed
a map of words and images, telling
the continuing story of diversity,
and how it strengthens
ability to make different choices.
Alters perceptions of changing
courses, while giving ability
to rejoice in finding answers
to curious questions. Celebrates
fact, that although being different,
might be difficult,
it is a very good thing.

Elizabeth Crawford 12/2/2016




About 1sojournal

Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: https://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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5 Responses to I Am Diversity

  1. Because love loves difficult things. This poem is beautiful, my friend, as is the family described.


  2. This is a wonderful poem!


  3. the continuing story of diversity,
    and how it strengthens
    ability to make different choices

    It is certainly a time of discoveries. It allows a reflection and a rethinking to cast the net out further. In so doing one is accorded lots of choices thus enhancing a diversity of thoughts.



  4. Marianne says:

    Beautiful poem, Elizabeth! I love the way you’ve chronicled this family’s diverseness. Very inspiring. We all come from families similar to this, each member with their own unique talents and qualities.

    Thank you, Marianne. When I wrote this, I simply wanted to write about all the different things that make up our unique and different stories. By the time I finished it, I was startled at the wholeness within the story itself. We don’t often think about all the things that influence us and make us who we have become. Maybe it’s time to do that.



  5. Sherry Marr says:

    Wonderful to have such diversity in your life. I love that path to freedom. I took it too.


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