Them and Us



The following poem was written by my 16-year-old daughter, Rachel. She wrote it for a class when they were studying World War II. But obviously the thoughts that flowed for her are are timeless. And so timely.

My invitation is to consider who the they in your world right now. And then pause to observe what thoughts come to your mind and heart. Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments section, if you feel so inspired.

Them and Us

They become they when they start shooting
When they begin to fire at our lines and
We become we when we defend those around us
When we fire back at THEM.

Because they are they and we are we
All of a sudden they are not people;
They are a group, a congregation of bodies never seen with backgrounds
Or lives, no families, at least not like OURS.

Until you meet one of THEM.

Abruptly, they turns into him
And he is not part of a group, a congregation
He is good, he is kind, he is an individual, he understands everything I do.
He is like ME.

He hates the war, he wants it over
Doesn’t care which side wins as long as it ends
Doesn’t want to keep shooting knowing that, just like himwe too have
Mothers waiting at home for US.

And now we are both sides of the fight
Not split into them and us
Not separated into what we used to be; we understand each other because

All of a sudden, we are all HUMAN.

~Rachel Linford
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Michelle hates writing bios, adores her three teenagers, enjoys writing and talking about the gospel, and loves that RubyGirl has been created. She looks forward to watching it unfold, and especially looks forward to learning from youth and young adults.

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  • Eliana
    February 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Beautiful! It really is comforting to hear people’s stories and discover that good people are all around you.

  • Lily
    February 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I love this. Sometimes we just need to look a little closer. Like Anne Frank said, “…In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

  • Tracy Keeney
    February 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Beautifully written!!!!
    And so very true!
    Well done!