How I Fight

If I am,
then I am.  

You say, that’s ridiculous,
it need not be said,
is obvious.  

You say it makes no sense but
except to say it
is to force the issue:
when you say
I am not
in all the ways you say it,
I must say
I am.  Must present evidence, 
offer proof. No matter how tired I am,
no matter how weary I am
of having to say it.

So —
because I am, I am;
because negation
of such a thing
is 
evil, 

in spite of how unfashionable
that word is now, in spite of 
how hard we try
to find other ways to say it —
I say it.  I say it because

my insistence upon saying 
I am

is how I fight
evil.

Is how I fight Evil. 

Is how
I fight, how
we all fight.

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A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

One response to “How I Fight

  • Eileen

    when you say I am not in all the ways you say it, I must say I am
    no matter how weary I am of having to say it
    my insistence upon saying I am is how I fight evil.
    how we all fight.

    This one got me where I live….in my sound proof glass box screaming ” I am” as the world, including those closest to me, hurry on their way past me…….. oblivious

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