Special

I didn’t want to be called “special”
or “gifted.” I wanted to be taught
that being human is special, that
being alive is a gift. And now I must
avow in the mirror, over and over
“You’re not special, Akira. You’re
just human.”

Oh my god!—you say—Just human?!
Please, let your “specialness” be
replaced by the blessedness of Being.
I don’t want my “self” lifted—only
my humanity. Now, I’m left to get
over my “self,” so I can cherish
being human once again.

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