The hardest thing to label

Is a human being.

Because, naturally,

We resist.

It feels as though a label

Is less an observation of who we are

And more a limiting projection

Of who we are always going to be.

Labels.

They can help us make sense of our

Differences,

Figure out

How best we serve each other

And know what to expect

From one another.

Labels.

They also hurt. Terribly.

Often feeling like they are just

Other people’s estimates of us

Forcibly shoved over our shoulders

Like ill-fitting clothes.

Labels.

Even the idea of them

Can feel mechanical,

And even objectifying,

Perhaps because it’s difficult to comprehend

A definitive and decisive way of quantifying

The multifaceted complexity

Of beings

Made in the image of God.

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