I do not recall writing a poem before, let alone sharing it with a broad audience. So this is a big risk I’m taking all in the pretext of a “growth mindset”. However, I had a recent experience that put me in deep thought and sent me on a long walk. During my walk, I came up with the first three lines of this poem. I’ve been tweaking it a little at a time ever since, and it still feels imperfect. I’m sharing it here because it still needs work and I hope someone will take an interest in improving it.
Without further ado, here’s my very first poem:
My hope is that at some point we will find a way to recognize, appreciate, and acknowledge the contradictions inherent in inclusion and use the resulting tensions as springboards to push us forward and closer not backwards and further apart.
Thank you for reading.
Paradoxes of Inclusion: Understanding and Managing the Tensions of Diversity and Multiculturalism