On Labels

When is the timing right
To apply a label,
And what makes it stick?

An apple labeled as such
Prematurely
Will not cease its apple-ness.

But its development
May be incomplete:
A yellow oval on a field of red.

When is the time right
To call a child smart,
Or loving or kind or sharing?

And how about messy,
Rude, mean, or dumb?
Some labels stick better than others.

© 2015 H.K. Longmore

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