This body will not be a graveyard.

If it be a warzone, I will take it to the front lines.

No surrender.

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.