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February 4, 2005


Under the Shadow of Bigger Kids


when I was a young boy the big kids used to tease

and on the playground made the rules

that kept me from their games

not always

just enough so that I noticed that they were bigger


but I grew

as did they


into bigger kids on a bigger playground

the rules became more harsh

teasings turning to beatings


as bigger exercised its power


but I grew

as did they


into bigger kids making larger rules

to determine who can play and who cannot

I cannot



the big kids today are playing with guns

no one taught them how to live

and now they are on their own

and they don't know how to die


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