I abandon all false modesty
because I belong. In my body,
in my seething emotions,
in my recycled thoughts spinning
out of control. I belong
in this family, no longer
need to show up and create “peace”
by letting go of my way.
I risk exposure by being authentic
and even so, this is me. I belong
to my community. No matter
what views I express or how
they trigger you. I am alive
and I am included. I belong
to the serried ranks of hopeless
animals whose lives are caged
to feed me. I belong
to this nation, with its hidden
history of genocide and greed.
I belong to the Pentagon
dropping a bomb every 12 minutes.
I belong to every imprisoned being.
I belong to the oceans, suffocating
in plastic. I belong to the earth
drenched in pesticides.
I open and I open my heart
to this new reality of global citizen.
Every time I resist, every time
I hear the gigantic “no”
I look deeper, pull the hurting
unwanted piece of me into
my heart. We all belong.
We are all included.
Inspired by the Daily Addictions Prompt: Gigantic