Don’t bring your difference to my table: a poem.

Perhaps something suitable for Australia Day, but for many other days and places too. A poem to help us consider and reflect on much of the nonsense of our world.

Don’t bring your difference to my table

Don’t bring your otherness into my room, don’t bring it to my door, into my home, my country

Don’t bring your arrogant aged, patronising wisdom

Don’t bring your cocky youthful ignorance

Don’t bring your God of war and hate and intolerance

Don’t bring your colour, your gender, your fatness, your beauty, your out-dated misogyny, your vitriolic feminism

Don’t bring your pointless, damaging shit to me

Be silent when I speak

Listen with your heart

So you hear the sameness


Look into my eyes, beyond the blue, the brown

Peer beyond my skin, whatever hue

Ignore my hair – whatever colour or texture it be

Ignore my external appearance, the distracting packaging


Gaze deep inside, into my soul, my heart

Is it not the same as yours?


Don’t look for differences

Don’t proclaim your otherness before all else

Don’t make enemies where there are none


Wherever we come from

Whatever we believe in

Whatever we eat

Whomever we pray to

Whomever we love

Whatever we speak


We are the same

We are human

We are sisters and brothers

We originate from the same one mother

Stop judging

Stop hating

The old, the young, the fat, the rich, the poor, the stupid, the black, the clever, the informed, the wise, the dumb, the hopeless, the sick, the homeless, the immigrant, the refugee, the victim, the lesbian, the homosexual, the transsexual, the foolish



Don’t bring your differences to me

I only want to know how we are the same

How we care about the same things


How together we can make a difference (Images from Private Collection)


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2 Responses to “Don’t bring your difference to my table: a poem.”

  1. aninconvenientwoman Says:

    How very fitting. As always, well said. I was only just thinking of you less than an hour ago and wondering, hoping that you’d returned to blogging. I’ll be checking on you. X

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