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Who Am I

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Who Am I

(Written for both the Boston and 
Afghanistan bombings)

Who am I?...
Do I look like a terrorist?
Am I dressed like the soldier with 
frightened
hands and panic connected to a 
trigger?
I am just a boy hoping to marry a 
girl.
I am merely a runner trying to 
change the
world I live in...
So why would you want to hurt me?
Do you assume I want to harm 
you?...

I live in a country that video games 
learn
violence from only there are no 
extra men.
No extra lives or cheat codes to keep 
me alive.
A bomb is much more than the X or 
O button
to me and all the people I care 
about...
Here, I run for causes greater than 
myself.
I run for people who need me more 
than
I need them, and I do it out of love.
Love, there is a word I wish I could 
teach "you"...
It's the opposite of what motivates 
you
to push your button or squeeze your 
trigger
of death and destruction with no 
conscience.

The anger on this orb has been 
foolishly
equated to oxygen and water...
You know the orb I speak of...
The blue one with the soulless men 
who
would kill out of fear and hate,
the ones who would murder and 
sacrifice 
anyone to have this orb on a key 
chain.
Where I live, people die for 
celebrating
a wedding, the union of two people 
in love.
Where I live those who push their 
bodies
beyond exhaustion for good reasons, 
die
for being people who give a damn...
This is the world I live in...

Who am I, you ask?
My identity is the future...
I am only old enough to learn...
And THIS is what you are teaching 
me...
THIS is what I am understanding to 
be "okay".
And when you are old, when your 
family
are the innocent lives that could be 
casualties,
You remember who put this evil 
inside of me.
You understand that I will become as 
you are
now, with no regret for killing the 
people you
love more than anything on this 
damn planet.

Who am I?...
I am the monster you are 
unknowingly 
creating with each new attack.
I am the murderer of you children, 
your family, your loved ones...
I am the kid learning that this world 
can and
will either be mine or be destroyed...
Of the two choices, neither matter to 
me.

Who am I?
I am a worse version of you...
Because when I come to age...
All that you have taught me, will
be all that I care to know...
And when those in your heart catch 
the
shrapnel or are blown to pieces for 
nothing.
I look forward to looking into your 
eyes,
I relish the thought of seeing your 
broken face,
And I will say...
"Because of YOU...
This is who I am..."

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