I am more than what has happened to me;
I am what I decide to make of it.
Yet those who donâ€™t study their history
Are doomed, the saying goes, to repeat it.
Like the Grand Canyon, Iâ€™ve been carved by time;
Like David, Iâ€™ve been shaped by art and wit,
My fossil layers bared by wind and rime,
My chiseled veins exposed for you to see.
As thin and worn down as a silver dime,
The once-bright face of Lady Liberty
Rubbed smooth by every finger on my skin,
The scars I wear, no more in stark relief,
Still show me as the soldier I have been.
Not a prisoner of history,
A student of the enemy within,
If I am ever to be truly free,
I must not forget what it is I flee.
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