Pigeon-holing – poetry

We all have a habit of putting people in boxes. It saves us having to process everything they say and do.

But we cannot be put in boxes that easily. What we believe is ours alone. I’ve never found anything I agree with 100% yet.

If we don’t weigh up what other people think we cannot learn and grow. If our views are not challenged; if we only seek out the like-minded, then we become fossilised.

I cannot be pigeon-holed.


Pigeon-holing is laziness

It stops you having to think

You don’t have to challenge your ideas

Or search for the missing link.

The herd mentality

Likes to reinforce those labels

With uniforms and badges

That become stuck to lapels.

Everything is neat and tidy –

Neoliberal, Fascist,

Individualist and Freak

Slotting into little holes

Like the games of yesterweek.

But nobody fits into those patterns

Like they were all mindless fools,

Indoctrinated morons,

Or kids deprived of schools.

Each one of us is totally unique,

A law unto themselves,

Not the stereotyped person

You wish to seek.

So listen to what they have to share

And weigh up their words with great care.


You might learn something

It might make you think.


Opher 26.12.2017

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