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NaPoWriMo Poem by You #28: Just Kidding by Abadullah Sheikh

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

"Aisle" by Alan Smythee. Via Flickr and courtesy a Creative Commons license.

"Aisle" by Alan Smythee. Via Flickr and courtesy a Creative Commons license.

Just Kidding

They'll never think about what they say
they will tell me to blow something up,
then say that they were
just kidding
especially,
a kid on my bus
he never thinks about what he says
he always says that he is just kidding
but not to me
it’s not a joke
he always takes my bookbag
and checks it for bombs
he makes fun of my religion
it does not affect me
I'm proud of who I am

I got used to it by now
there was almost always one kid who stood up for me.
one kid who stood up
almost always the same person

It gets dialed down then it gets built back up
it happens sometimes
then they hit me with the just kidding
I am not sure they are
kidding
I think they are serious
they even seem serious

I am proud of who I am
they do not affect me
anyways,
they were just kidding

by Abadullah Sheikh, grade 7, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy