and, all and everything – Poetry by Jennifer Mills Kerr

i learned the exercise 
in school, how to
compare and contrast.
such as: how is the 
desert different than the
mountains? how is the
blue jay similar to the 
robin?

different, similar
how? why?

thirty years later 
i continue to live within 
compare and contrast. 
am i different than you? 
am i similar? how? why?

an endless dance– 
step one, step two
different, similar
how? why?
why? how? 
my mind spins circles 
until i fall into something
else:

the word between
compare and contrast–
the word

and.

there it stands 
a bridge between

black and white
here and there
you and me.

and, all and  
everything.
and together,
let us pause
let us listen.
Jennifer Mills Kerr

Jennifer Mills Kerr’s flash fiction and poetry have been recently published in Blink-Ink, Platform for Prose and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. An East Coast native, she loves mild winters, anything Jane Austen, and the raucous coast line of Northern California. You can read more of her creative work at www.jennifermillskerr.com.

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