the birth of precedence

the village had two stories
            one stressed a tolerance for others
            no matter what
            one stressed standing up for oneself
            no matter what
once long ago the village was under siege
            one group said
            we must allow for difference
            one group said
            we must be who we are
the village could not survive the wound
            a healer arose around the fire
            she said there is another path
            between our self and the other
            between yes and yes
The villagers smiled and danced
            a new daughter had been born
            we must allow others to be us
            we must live
            what we believe
(October 7, 2013)

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