Politics Is Just A Game

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Editor’s Note: The following featured poetry was written by 17-year-old Sabah Lokhandwala from Illinois, USA.

i grew up as an upper middle class american.
i grew up with people who were white,
lived in fancy houses, and drank their fancy wine.
politics was nothing more than table talk and arguments,
politics was nothing more
we were taught that politics is just a game,
that as upper middle class americans
the agendas of upper class americans
had no impact on us because, we were them?
but that's the scary thing - politics was just a game,
we bet on election nights
we watch the polls sway,
because to us it didn't matter anyway.
we moved pieces around the board
or played with remote controls
because to uh - to our parents
politics is just a game
but now as we grow, we see
politics is human life
when the checkerboards are now detention camps
and the guns are suddenly not nerf
politics become reality
when we see rosaries stripped from youth
when scarfs are ripped off heads
when he don't feel safe in school
politics becomes a mockery
when our officials lead behind the internet
and put their wallets where their hearts should be
when we choose bakers over love
politics is more than just a game, it’s humans trying to legislate morality
but what we find is the immoral often sit behind the gavel
and realize they can never be the humans meant to make things right
so they ruin it instead.
i’m not not sure if ballots can fix bullet holes now