Because We are Gamers
by Martin A. Ramos

Because we are gamers
we purchase
a state-of-the-art 32-GHz core processor
a 25-inch HD resolution monitor screen
an nVidia GeForce GTX280 graphics card
with at least 4GB of DDR 1600 memory

Because we are gamers
we play
Prince of Persia and World of Warcraft
Tanks, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty
endlessly online in real time

Because we are gamers
we enlist
proudly we serve
in the highlands of Afghanistan
and in the desert cities of Iraq

Because we are gamers
we sacrifice
honorably 4000 plus of our dead
to the Baal of war and the Belial of madness
in Bagdad, Kabul, the Nuristan Province

Then we discover
because we are gamers:
innocence can be bought
for the price of a butchered steer
war is no kids’ video game and
dealing death with a loaded M-16
hits heavy and for real

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