it is in our nature

we either want to fit in

or to stand out.

we strive to make

our own mark in the world

to be seen, heard, and accepted.

we are different from one another,

unique, diverse, beautiful;

but we are divided.

whether by race, colour, culture

by country, the seas, the oceans

somehow, we have decided

that we cannot be one.

that diversity cannot be accepted

that we need to relate to those of our kind

to be able to love or cherish them.

is it not obvious?

petals, leaves, roots

they are all parts of the same flower.

glaciers all melt into one

rivers all flow into the sea

oceans all connect to one another.

lands cannot be divided

they are simply out of reach.

even all the land in the world cannot keep us apart

for we have the power of glass screens and airports.

with all the uniquities in the world,

we come from the same earth

we love the same movies, the same books.

the same history

the same love

the same roots.

Author: Suditi Mukadam

Editor: Akanksha Mahapatra

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