“Diversity"

Bruce Bawer

Diversity

Down ivied halls it echoes, proud and terse:

“Here’s what we are—extol us!—and a pox

on those of you who aren’t: We’re diverse!

How ardently they labor to coerce

the rest of us to swell their orthodox

echelons! How fervently they curse,

in unison, those stubborn and perverse

misfits (us) who shun their lockstep flocks,

their banderoles proclaiming: We’re diverse!

This odd disinclination to disperse,

this lust to be a bonbon in a box,

to parrot back the chapter and the verse—

what is it? Manifestly, to immerse

oneself in sameness, don the comfy locks

of ideology, and thus converse

sans discord’s a relief: Who’s not averse

to strife? What’s simpler than a drawer of socks,

each one a perfect match? There are far worse

things than concord: just ask any nurse.

And yet life, with its thousand natural shocks,

leads some of us to think, rage, rise up, purse

our lips, and speak, while we await the hearse.

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