Jennifer Freed | Befriending the stranger

How can I possibly judge you

when I have yet to taste your past,

swallow your experiences whole?

What I call strange you may call Home

What you call strange I may call Self

Are you from “elsewhere”?

I am too, to you


Unfamiliar — scary

Alien —intimidating

Closer –exhilarating

Strange can be an invitation if you are willing

Everything unknown– potentially you


That first step past ignorance, terrifying or electrifying

Realizing the skin is just wrapping

The point of view is personal landscape

Moving beyond assumptions


Claiming all as me


Becoming an ally


Befriending the Stranger

was Me

all along.



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