We learned how to communicate
with parents, siblings, and our friends.
As toddlers, we could advocate
with words for our own needs and ends.

But as we grew, we felt confused,
and words became a solid fence.
The common words that we all used
could not convey our deepest sense.

To share our thoughts directly, then,
must be our method and our aim.
But if, at base, we’re different men,
then we will never feel the same.

We’re either equal at the core,
or distant strangers evermore.

This poem was published in the poetry journal Blue Unicorn (Volume 45, Number 1).