Another poem inspired by Mowgli came about as Mowgli seeks to reintegrate into the man village. It seems that many of us cage ourselves by definition dwelling on the things that separate us rather than sharing in the commonalities. None of which is to say that we should be afraid to stand firm in who we are. But, to say that our differences are perhaps best suited in teaching others and their differences in instructing us by showing and sharing the world through the eyes of many rather than just our own or just a few? Maybe I’m talking more to myself than anyone else, especially as my birthday rapidly approaches and I realize how little wisdom it is that I’ve gained in these many years.
Caged In Differences by Michael Romani What is different Must be hated This vanity of man Is never sated We keep to cages In degrees of separation Lost within our pages Kept closed in desperation Denying our emotions Keeping tears to self Miscast in strained devotions Putting our curiosity on the shelf Forgetting what it is to dare To dare to love those different Always taught to beware Scared to be properly reverent So scared of things that are nothing Plagued into believing only in the same Forever fearful of what tomorrow brings We never learn all is part of that one name (c) December 22, 2018 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved