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Words of War

Over time, professional language and structure has become weighted with combative and militaristic terms and mindsets. Terms like "frontline workers" and "allies", the “us vs. them” mentalities create barriers for healthy, bidirectional partnerships and harbour exclusive alliances that perpetuate animosity among services.

Words of War

I’m not sure who dropped the first bomb
who first strip mined fields of social service into trenches
cultivators of compassion and conversation painted as
front-line infantry, low rank, receiving first fire
our habits evolve to adapt to our habitat

after generations of emotional warfare
my family members are built like bomb shelters
some so short they're only halfway out of the ground
and others hardy fortresses made for the sole purpose of survival
either way, when they die the ruins of their lives remain for ages
subtle scars that only fade with passing time
our family tree is thick with shrapnel and the
gene-pool mustard gas of psychosis
most of them have the scarred lung tissue to prove it
they are born with their rib cages lined with rations
that they later live on during the heavy sieges
and when it starts to rain bullets people run to them
and they are there with arms wide open
because they wear Teflon-lined hearts on their sleeves
and they beat and burn
forging precious metals through their veins
we joke that they never die, they just stop moving
when the fire goes out