We Are Individuals

When will we learn
to judge a person not by their gender or sexual preference?

as this one really cool guy once said,
judge people by the “content of their character.”
yet judging someone by their gender
seems to be one of the last bastions
of socially acceptable bigotry.

judge not by gender, race, sexual preference, favorite color!
for these things are meaningless!

judge a person by their Individuality. by who they really are.
by whether they have Integrity and Compassion.
see past the meaningless exteriors
to the Individual within. judging people this way
will actually bring you to their True Identity.

it is time to look inward not outward
and correct the horrific deeds that have been done
by those who judged by exterior appearance for millennia.

let’s cast off the remaining shackles and each be seen
as we Truly are—as Unique Sentient Individuals.

Heath Brougher is the Editor-in-Chief of Concrete Mist Press and Poetry Editor of Into the Void Magazine, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee as well as the recipient of Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award. His most recent collection of poetry and art is titled “Bleeding Backwards” (Diaphanous Press, 2019). Read other articles by Heath.