Labeled to Identify


Labeled to Identify

Before I check this box
on this form you have chosen
Before your demeanor change
Before your nose lifts high
Before unspoken custom establishes our divide
Before my whole is made a partial again
Before that old southern blanket warms you
Before you smile with eyes sincere and claim
No part in what your ancestors did
Let me check this box just to see if I’m clear.

© Demitri Tyler

Excerpt from the book “Measuring For Balance”
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