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In The Shadows

we're all convinced
we're ninjas
at some point in our lives

when i was young
i wrapped a long sleeve shirt
around my head
so i could just see
through a slit
where the neck hole was

and jumped on couches
off steps
doing roundhouses
and karate chops
and hiding from people

it's the hiding part
that makes the most sense
it seems

like a watched pot
doesn't boil
there's no such thing
as a high profile
ninja

like a slick
iceberg
there's so much more
beneath the surface
so much in us
that's heroic

and we feel like
a secret identity
is necessary
when we act

whether it's modesty
or the need to focus
or fear of rejection

we remain in the shadows
fighting
behind a mask
fighting

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especially the ninjas. Starknives, eh. I actually taught my self to hang above doorways in ambush of my sisters. I have the scars to prove it.

cheers,
Jess
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came into focus and became popular, I was a little too old to go jumping around with scarves and shirts wrapped around my brow. I did however, do it in my head. I hid behind the exterior of a rational adult and threw stars, swung swords and chopped necks with glee and a smirk of Japanese on my lips. I agree with all the reasons for the secret identity and have a not so secret one myself. [Killer].
He is my alter-ego. He is able to do all the things that as a [mostly sane] and law-abiding person cannot. The sixth stanza was the one that really caught me up. Just love the simile. ~ Geezer.
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cheers,
Jess
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Wow nice poem and nice write. I really enjoyed this work of yours. I look forward to reading and enjoying more of your thoughts put to paper. Bravo!!

Omg this poem is sooooo sweet and i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow its just so awesome!!!! keep up the great work

Mario Vitale

Thanks, Jess, for all your comments on my poems. I will look out for Alex Machette. Haha.

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