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That’s Who We Are

Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher who writes about various subjects, including education and creative writing.

That’s who we are.

That’s what we’ve become.

Forget nobility.

Forget honor.

Forget morality.

We struggled with the shackles

when we should have

taken them off

and threw them

far, far away.

We struggled with internment

when we should have

shuttered them

and leveled them

long, long ago.

We struggled with segregation.

We struggled with equality.

We struggled with union.

We struggled to see

that we were one

all this time.

And now comes separation

that we see in the face

of a crying child new to this harsh land.

We say, collectively,

“That’s not who we are.”


This is us…

No, it doesn’t have to be


Strive we must,

for what we want to be.

And tear down the things

that gets in the way of that dream.

Open the golden door

we strive for

and make us

who we want to be.

So, we can finally say:

“That’s who we are.”

No Questions

Just surety.


© 2018 Dean Traylor

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