Prophylactic Labels

prophylactic labels 
used to guard our hearts
are just a way to keep us
and others far apart
if I claim to know you
what need is there to talk
the opposing take from others
are words at which I balk
quickly I claim you’re one of them
and go merrily away
never to engage you
or give ear to what you say
in doing so I’ve cost us both
the chance of being blessed
I’ve thwarted any chance to love
and failed God’s simple test
for God has brought us near
to those ourselves unlike
in order to add more
to our self-centered, mundane life
So rip off all the labels
you have put on others chests
and get to know the person
whom God uses for your best

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