‘Semantics’ is a poem written by Cara Jean Shannon who also goes by @cjshannonwrites, and it is included in the third section of The Annual 2018, titled ‘The Significance of Significants. As you read through this evocative and clever play on words, we hope that your definition of relational labels will be challenged.

What is the difference between friend and family?
Does one even exist,
or are they just titles we give to others to make ourselves feel some sense of comfort and boundaries?

The significance of Cara’s last line is especially profound, as well, because as she points out, while friend and family is often a label we choose to bestow on others, it is so easy to forget, that others may bestow similar titles on us. When they do, does that change the way we relate? Does our love for that person change in any way?

What do you think?

We are so proud to have ‘Semantics’ included in the 2018 edition of The Annual, both for its clever word play and rhyme as well as the critical thinking it inspires. Thank you so much, Cara, for challenging us to think outside the box of relational labels with this piece. It is an honor to have you included among our ever-growing list of published poets, and we hope to see much more work from you in the new year!

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