Art is My Religion

February 16, 2010

The Other

Filed under: blogging,poetry,short stories,writing — Michele Spector @ 5:48 pm
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By Michele Spector

A jigsaw puzzle we are,

Peaced together, but whole,

Not alien beings,

Unrelated, apart,

Demonized by schemes.

We mirror each other’s,

Desires and dreams,

A sum equal to its parts,

Unjudged by others’ reasons,

Utterly torn from our seams.

We are part of the same whole. Peaced is actually not mispelled. There are peaceful alliances but under that cloak  exists great oppression. Many have been killed for being viewed as less than everyone else, and for not fitting in with the popular concept of who the favored were. Some benefit, but most do not. Every society in the world has their other. Even in the U.S. we still have our others. Who decides that I wonder? I have to hope humans will eventually outgrow this. If we keep fighting amongst ourselves for scraps nothing will change.



  1. I absolutely fell in love with this piece. I am a part of the “Others” in America. It is a longtime dream for each of us to just be Americans and to appreciate our differences and our similarities.


    Comment by I.S. — February 16, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

    • I am so glad you like it! I wrote this poem realizing what a horrible history the U.S. has alone in this department–dating all the way back to the Native Americans. And of course Columbus started the atlantic slave trade. He didn’t discover America (everyone already here knew exactly where here was) and yet he is still celebrated. I don’t get it. I don’t have any children, but wonder if they are still taught history from the conquerors point of view. I remember there were only about 3 women in my history book, Harriett Tubman, Madam Curie, Florence Nightingale?

      Comment by artiste7 — February 16, 2010 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  2. great capture of life in the U. S., melting pot may not be accurate….
    jig-saw puzzle is better idea,

    awesome poem!

    Comment by jingle — February 17, 2010 @ 9:37 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your comments! Yes, melting pot was never accurate. Any group who was felt not to fit in for whatever reason was always oppressed. It’s as if the only way everyone is accepted, is if aliens are attacking earth, then we all are one. I always wonder who came up with the melting pot. If we are not a jigsaw puzzle, then we are most assuredly a tossed salad with the privileged sitting right on top.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 17, 2010 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  3. I love the versatility of this poem – it could be about twin souls or minorities or family or even about people who are trying to live life diffrently, the pioneers, if you will.

    Comment by Anna Cork — February 17, 2010 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Yes, it can be about any oppressed group. Every country has oppressed groups living within it. I think that corporations are the biggest privileged group everywhere. They have their own agenda though, personhood from the courts since the Civil War and money behind them, with none of the responsibilities of an individual.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 17, 2010 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  4. oh, this is a realistic poem… 🙂 the “others” doesn’t jsut happen in the US, it can happen anywhere else… 🙂 i like your poem because it is so relevant.. 🙂

    Comment by ishabelle — February 18, 2010 @ 12:46 am | Reply

    • Thank you. Yes, humans of one group oppress humans of another group because they have, in their mind, made them the “other”. It was depicted in Gulliver’s Travels, where there is a civil war over which end to crack the egg open. It was actually a satire over the war between the Protestants and Catholics over religious conflicts. Every group has their others: Israeli/Palestinians, Turkish/Armenian, etc. But while squabbling is going on over smaller issues, bigger issues never get solved like Polar Caps are melting, and “Why is it raining more?, and “What’s happening to the bees?”

      Comment by artiste7 — February 18, 2010 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  5. really a wonderful piece…yes, many are persecuated just for being who they are. sad really.

    Comment by brian miller — February 18, 2010 @ 3:21 am | Reply

    • I hope humans get over this flaw eventually. We have to just look at the larger picture. People are just people. But the “other” mentality takes negative snapshots of people looking askance at anyone on the opposite side–crazy really.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 18, 2010 @ 4:45 am | Reply

  6. I love the image of the whole puzzle, the pieces, and even the thought of two together as pieces opposite but in symmetry

    Comment by Ray Sharp — February 18, 2010 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  7. hi friend, william here from jingles rally, excellent poem friend, loved the imagery, well constructed, poem is up 🙂

    Comment by william — February 18, 2010 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  8. Beautiful. I love the vision of this poem.

    Comment by laurenmichelleotheim — February 18, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 18, 2010 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  9. this is so true.
    i actually think its in our nature.

    Comment by kseverny — February 19, 2010 @ 1:29 am | Reply

    • Yes, it is! The only way to change is education. It’s ignorance that breeds this kind of thinking I think.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 19, 2010 @ 1:48 am | Reply

  10. I nominated you for a Sunshine Award!

    Comment by laurenmichelleotheim — February 19, 2010 @ 3:57 am | Reply

  11. aawww….thats a lovely poem there..
    and hey you’ve been awarded…
    You’ve received the Sunshine Award..!!!
    check it out here

    Comment by megzone — February 19, 2010 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the award!

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 19, 2010 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  12. tolerance is the watchword here, we have to accept each other albeit differences.

    Comment by wordwand — February 20, 2010 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

    • Yes, I agree. But I think we have to try and understand the differences from the other person’s understanding, not just our own. Otherwise, we are just always looking from our side of the fence. Sometimes differences are just another expression of the same human experience.

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 21, 2010 @ 2:12 am | Reply

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