“The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.”
Are gurus measured only by their male disciples?
Only in the histories written down
in a male’s hand.
And yet, in their sparse descriptions
we see a part of our own face,
no matter if we are
male or female—
the brother or sister
the tax collector
the son or daughter
the first (and last)
constellated around their center.
These are the roles of our lives,
all the ways
we create distinctions