Leslie Takahashi Morris
Reader 1: They teach us to read in black and white.
Reader 2: Truth is this—the rest is false.
Reader 3: You are whole—or broken.
Reader 2: Who you love is acceptable—or not.
Reader 1: My life tells its truth in many hues.
Reader 2: We are taught to think in "either/or"s
Reader 1: I believe the teachings of Jesus—OR Buddha.
Reader 3: I believe in human potential—OR a power beyond a single, human will.
Reader 1: I am broken or I am powerful.
Reader 2: My life embraces multiple truths, speaks of "both," of “and."
Reader 3: They teach us to see in absolutes:
Reader 2: Good versus evil.
Reader 1: Male versus female,
Reader 3: Old versus young.
Reader 3: My vision sees the fractions, the spectrum, the margins?
Reader 2: Let us open our hearts to the complexity of our worlds.
Reader 1: Let us make our own lives a sanctuary, to nurture our many identities.
Reader 2: The day is coming when they will know:
Reader 1: That the rainbow world is more gorgeous than monochrome;
Reader 3: That a river of identities can ebb and flow over the static, stubborn rocks in its course;
Reader 2: That the margins hold the center.
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Last updated on Monday, March 25, 2013.
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