Becoming Me

Hang around me long enough
and you just might become me.
I am the sum total of the thoughts
that bludgeon my mind–
these images and words belong
to the universe. I share them,
freely, but not without cost.
There is a price for perception;
skateboarding on I-70,
spray painted words on the
Statue of Liberty–what are these
to you? How do you feel about
cocoa slaves in Africa?
Crimson movie theaters in Colorado?
If I influence you in any way,
you are closer to becoming me.

Copyright 2012
A. J. Hayes
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