Saturday, February 27, 2016

Playing with Fire

"Yell FIRE!"
They tell us.
Because that will get people's attention.
Because that's what people care about.
They will look out their windows
And into their halls.
They will wonder if it's their home,
Their building, that's burning.
"Yell FIRE!"
They tell us.
Because we don't turn our eyes from flames
Because no one is "asking for" a fire.
They won't get involved if you cry something else.
They will pretend that they don't hear.
Their home is not at stake.
They won't get involved in other's affairs.
"Yell FIRE!"
They tell us.
Because we were only eight.
Because they were shaping us.
They prepared us for a life where we were to blame.
They prepared us to be used.
But my body is my home.
And the word "fire" only burned me.

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