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I am from worn, empty boots –
night Skypes riddled with echoes of gunfire,
looking up to patches of past accomplishments, causing speculation in my spirit.
I am from a hollow home –
happiness, hollow words,
endless fears of loss and hollow promises
of awaited homecomings.
I am from honor and selfless service –
heroic stories and scars to back them,
surrounded by saints.
I am from empty stands at sporting events –
care packages with handwritten letters,
pathetic attempts to feel close,
recorded messages for a voice of confidence.
I am from swallowed pain –
stolen childhood memories in the name of freedom,
the pressures of manhood but unable to swing a bat.
I am from conflicting pain and discontent
for those who overlook their heroes at home,
silence disallowing progress,
disorderly actions for help to no avail.
I am from worn, empty boots –
night Skypes riddled with the echoes of gunfire,
looking up to patches of past accomplishments, causing speculation in my spirit.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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