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REMI KANAZI

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I AM NOT POLITICAL

I am not

political

not a contentious issue

indigestible message

awkward discussion

frightening character

radical 

or misfit

 

I am not

an ist or ism

not a neatly

fitted worldview

skewed

to serve

one people

or another

 

I am not political

not your

bumper sticker

campaign slogan

not an outburst

or sit-in

not a rally

or raised fist

I am like

all the other tragedies

you so meticulously

comb through

write reports on

build memorials for

and give Oscars to

I am not political

not partisan politics

a singular narrative 

a rigid immoderate 

activist

 

I am the reflection

you think

you see

when you look

in the mirror

the anti-terrorist

the one who shudders

at the thought

of the destruction

of human life

from two towers 

to two cities

in Palestine

 

I am the story

your children

whisper at night

the one

you can’t seem 

to remember

when making

calculated decisions