Poetry Month Day 2: Formation

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Everywhere I go, I see young, mostly white, mostly cis-het men playing “Devil’s Advocate” with other people’s struggles because they have no struggle of their own.

Formation

You wear your fedora
and gamer geek chic
like a uniform
wielding your “edge”
like a ka-bar

In your mind
you are a soldier
standing strong
against barbarians
invading your hallowed ground

But deep down
you know
and are ashamed
that you are too frightened
to ever earn a scar

Never carried a burden
but been one
what do you know of marching
what do you know of fighting
what do you know of war

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