Wrong Labels

If I disagree with you.
I’m argumentative

If I listen quietly
I’m a sponge

If I don’t voice my opinion
I’m uneducated

If I avoid a subject
I am weak

If I stand up and declare
I am haughty

If I am clumsy in speech
I am immature

If I rethink and change my mind
I am confused

I become the taboo and am not


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About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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30 Responses to Wrong Labels

  1. Bill says:

    If I start every sentence the same way
    I am repetitive.

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  2. In these days of freedom of speech, you have to keep within the lines. Or else.


  3. I think there is no right way to do it. So do it the way you feel best.


  4. msjadeli says:

    These are chop-chop silencers that have been used to oppress for a very long time. The “b” word and the “c” words are used to the same effect. I hope you don’t let them deter you from saying and doing as you wish to do.


  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Screw them if they can’t take a joke. I have to admit civil rights and woman’s lib have changed radically since the 50’s; for the better as fafr as I’m concerned. #metoo does tangle me up sometimes, and genderbending toilet privileges do still bug me.


  6. Misky says:

    I suspect those type of people are bullies.


  7. rogblog666 says:

    Haven’t we all got wrong labels. I have some pieces about anti bullying’, one which has been described as gold medal cussing but have been label as a bully and an uneducated baffoon for airing these at open mic nights. sod the labels people give us be ourselves.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. rothpoetry says:

    Oh, the pains of attempting to be politically correct! You state it very well!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. rivrvlogr says:

    Every day should be International Women’s Day.

    Liked by 1 person

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  11. What really trips me up is that a person’s whole legacy—what the next generation will think of that person—often boils down to one minuscule quote said once in a specific context, or one action a person did. How can we know and remember and incorporate a human being in his/her totality? Beyond their self-prescribed labels, beyond the labels we give?

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    • lifelessons says:

      Exactly! We have to look at the record and motives and beliefs of the person and not get hung up on one slip-up of language and a usage of a word they were not even aware had become politically incorrect. I used the word “gypsy” in a story about when I was a little girl. I was wishing i could be one and a friend advised me it was now considered to be a racially derogative word..yet how was a 5-year-old girl in the early 50’s expected to have ever even heard the term Romany? To her a gypsy was a romantic wanderer and he wanted to be one. Not one gram of derision in the word.


  12. hank77 says:


    The idea is to hold on to one’s senses and react without aggression. It is all a matter of perception of others who are great pretenders!


    Liked by 1 person

  13. boom. boom. boom. taboo bombs exploding one line after the other!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. pvcann says:

    The pain of integrity – becoming taboos.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Frank Hubeny says:

    We try to avoid a lot of taboo labels. Nice last line.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. V.J. Knutson says:

    Can’t please anyone. Think we’ll ever learn to stop trying?


  17. No Taboo
    As i Love to
    Dance Sing Yes
    You Do You i’ll Do me
    Freedom is Loveliest
    Giving Us the
    to Express
    Our Doing Best..:)


  18. Reena Saxena says:

    It is as if the world needs a parking space for their own faults and failures, and they find a hapless victim.


  19. I love the relatability (if that is a word!) of your writing! Haha, if it isn’t a word then maybe I’m not educated enough!


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