Inclusion - a poem

What does your inclusion mean anyway?

You want to open your doors,

Allow the likes of me inside -

just inside;

Perhaps with seats towards the back,

In, but not quite, of.


What does your inclusion mean anyway?

You want to open your minds,

Play around with new ideas -

without cost;

Suggest a discussion or two,

About, but not with.


What does your inclusion mean anyway?

You want to open your hearts,

Seeking to connect and even care -

Not quite love;

As long as we play nice, and smile,

Grateful, not pain-full.


Here’s what your inclusion means to me:

You want a change that costs you

nothing more than extra seats, or

Cups of tea;

Designed to meet your needs, not mine,

Cheap grace, not Gospel.


Perhaps we need to start again, new ground

Where all can be guests - and hosts,

No rules or bound’ries set for most,

by the few;

A place where love is tangible,