inclusive – a poem


Rules and codes
were meant to be
setting minimum
standards, to meet
the most needs.
When they’re missing
the world
falls off-balance
it’s axes tilted
as we wonder.
What’s missing?
But the more standards
we write,
the more inclusive
we try to be,
the more isolated
we make
everyone else.


Codes. Image by Heather Button. Copyright ©

Poetic Asides

For today’s prompt, write a standard poem. Standard poem could mean the “same old poem,” I suppose, but it could also mean the “gold standard.” It could be a poem about standard procedures or having standards (in work, relationships, social media, poeming, etc.). Or maybe your idea of standard is that nothing is standard. – by Robert Lee Brewer

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