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I Am Not a Freak
I am not a freak
Just because I am different from you,
Because you do not understand me.

Does having a passion make me strange?
Do you not understand how it feels to have a passion?
I cannot imagine being you:
Passionless, thoughtless
Just thinking of yourself

Hippie. Tree-hugger. Scum. Freak.
Does what I believe in make you call me names?
Do you honestly think I am offended by your comments?
I am offended by your lack of concern.

I think we should be more careful with the environment …
You say I am a fanatic.
“Just recycle. It's not that hard …,” I say
You push my advice aside like trash.

I don't eat meat,
You think I am insane.
You never even listen to my entire reason,
“I do not want to eat animals …,” I begin, but you don't
listen past that.
You don't listen to my reasons, you don't care to find out.
You stay ignorant of what is out there.

Why?
Are you afraid of the truth?
Will it make your life harder?
You do not want to feel guilty?

I do not know, but you don't listen.

I am not a freak.
I just care.

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E.A.Costa said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm:
Nice poem, I just want to I really appreciate this piece, thank you very much.
 
dragonbiscuits This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm :
Thanks! (and you're welcome too! XD ) It's very nice to hear you appreciate it :)
 
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Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm:
I'm sorry you've faced this. I too am a vegetarian and an environmentalist. Many just don't care; people try to trick me into eating meat. Just keep voicing your passion and your love for what's important. Thanks for writing this.
 
dragonbiscuits This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm :
Thank you for commenting :) It's awful people have tried to trick you into eating it, that's just disrespectful. I hope that you keep your voice strong too! :)
 
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ChristineOshiki said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm:
I completely agree with you. Because we care, that makes us freaks or abnormal?
I'm glad you care about what matters.
 
dragonbiscuits This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm :
Thanks! It's always good to know others feel the same :)
 
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Bajiga said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm:
Nice job, and not everybody is thoughtless. A few may be but several are not, they care and respect other points of view. The key to a great leader, or even a great person, is an open mind.
 
dragonbiscuits This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm :
Thanks, and I know not everyone is thoughtless. I wrote this on one of those days where it seemed like everyone was.
Ahhh, pessimism, isn't it fun? :D
 
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