In the plural

I speak in the plural,
not the singular:
for there are many
who live not at
the fringes but at the
centre of who we are
and who we aspire to be.

There are many,
multiple, diverse, but
not fragmented,
many who make us
the set of inclusion.

Without the many, the set
is null.

So, those who wish to strip
the set of all the integral
parts that make it up,
we stand against you:
against your vile exclusion,
against your diminished set
that you wish to spread as truth,
against the singularity
that takes away the
richness of our humanity.

I speak in the plural
and I will not allow your salute
to prevail.