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01/12/2015 10:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Daily Meditation: Shared Humanity

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Today's meditation features a poem by Harlem Renaissance author Georgia Douglas Johnson. The poem reminds us that we are all united by a shared humanity, indistinguishable from one another in the end.

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Common Dust by Georgia Douglas Johnson

And who shall separate the dust
What later we shall be:
Whose keen discerning eye will scan
And solve the mystery?

The high, the low, the rich, the poor, 

The black, the white, the red, 

And all the chromatic between, 

Of whom shall it be said:

Here lies the dust of Africa; 

Here are the sons of Rome; 

Here lies the one unlabeled, 

The world at large his home!

Can one then separate the dust? 

Will mankind lie apart, 

When life has settled back again 

The same as from the start?

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