This body will not be a graveyard.
If it be a warzone, I will take it to the front lines.
Been a prisoner for long enough.
I will sit for no military tribunal because
war crimes are written into my bones.
So when my skin can’t quite stretch to cover them,
don’t tell me I look like a skeleton.
Remind me that I’m still alive.
After all it took to survive,
this body will be rebellion.
Jasper Wirtshafter is a grad student/economist/poet from Appalachian Ohio living in Indiana. He has been writing and performing spoken word poetry for four years.