the way you say parsley

such small differences kill
separating out the other
when the other
looks just like you

measured by the twist of a tongue

parsley, just one small sprig of green
dressing a plate

the way you say it
is the difference between a casual wave forward
or a bullet in the brain

inspired by this: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/01/162092252/remembering-to-never-forget-dominican-republics-parsley-massacre?ft=1&f=1001&sc=tw&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitte

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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22 Responses to the way you say parsley

  1. boomiebol says:

    Just read the story on this. Shame the lengths we go to hurt ourselves… Terrible shame

  2. doncarroll says:

    definitely a social message here. even though this is very much to the extreme, it is much like any clique that singles out those that are different in my opinion.

  3. Horrible! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

  4. my my Susan u hit the nail on the head! I’ve been crucified today over being too this or that~ I love your sensitivity !

  5. bluebee says:

    Language – the marker of the in-group and the other

  6. OMG! I don’t know what to say, Susan.

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