Posthumously

The one whom we oppress

Fights for our freedom

 

He is not a native

So othered he becomes

 

Did he become one of us

When he laced up his issued combat boots?

 

Or when the Iranian dirt

Whipped him across the face?

 

Or did he become one of us

When he became the sniper’s target?

 

Once he became cargo flown back on a plane

He became one of us.