to an american

who are you
that you’ve been placed into this world
the way that you are
with a roof
and water
and food
and a lack of
civil unrest

who are you
that you can live in this place
have you been born
into this
because you’ve done something good?

looking away from another
creating boundaries


strips you of what you are

a human


you can’t fathom
at all
what they’ve seen
why they risk
for a chance
at life

life for themselves
life for their children
life for the sake of life

because nobody wants
to leave their home

but everyone wants life
for the sake of life.

is it a crime
to desire
-looking into your child’s eyes-
to simply live?

we are not running out of room
we are running out

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