He drew a circle that shut me out —
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
Edwin Markham (1852-1940), poet and activist.
And a comment from me: In our fight for justice, name-calling must never be allowed to take the day.
(I discovered this little poem a few days ago. When I finally got around to researching it a bit, I learned to my surprise that today is the author’s birthday.)