My people practiced shunning as much as
they practiced bundling though the barrier
placed between was so much more than a
rolled up hand-made quilt.
When difference was distrusted,
hidden by plain coat and covering,
the voice of dissension was muffled by guilt.
And though the practice fell from grace,
this ghost haunts me like no other.
I shun myself and my beliefs so I and
they are not shunned by another.
(Written: November 23, 2002)