Clannish, by Mark Tulin

Always we, never them.
For them is wrong
and don’t belong,
said the leader of the Clan.

They don’t look like us
nor are we the same.
Their dress is outlandish
and their characteristics
are most intolerable.

They speak in a different tongue,
an accent that’s unacceptable.
They share not our customs
nor sing our songs
and hold their forks and spoons
all wrong.

There is danger in our mixing
and mingling
even if we have a softness
in our heart.

In the end,
it is best to move on
and keep a closed mind—
Our own version
of right and wrong.

Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

21 comments on “Clannish, by Mark Tulin

  1. love how this reads like a simple poem but is so very deep. bravo!

  2. Beautiful and deep poem shared. It was a great reading

  3. “Always we, never them.” In the forgetfulness that “we” and “them” share a common humanity, a common home from which there is no escape.

  4. With few well chosen words you have laid out the whole map of intolerance. Very strong and powerful piece of writing Mark.

  5. Loved this, Mark!! A perfection depiction of our sad state of affairs! Bravo, My Friend!

  6. Interesting way to put the viewpoint of racial intolerance. It’s sad that this world has to deal with it. God cannot be happy with His people who act in this way. Thank you for putting this into words, Mark.

    • Much thanks for your comment, Theresa. It’s not only racial intolerance. It’s intolerance in general—political, religious,etc.

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