Aphelion Issue 268, Volume 25
December 2021
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We Are What We Do

by Jean Jones

"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does."

Jean Paul Sartre

If we are defined by what we do,
who are we then?

Writers, workers,
pursuers of food, sex,
video game players, overeaters,
lovers of children, workers…

Are we killers, drivers,
haters, fighters, slaves,
terrified of being free?

Who are we?
What are we?

Created by God?
In God's image?

If we are defined by what we do,
who are we then?

If we were created by God,
in God's image,
if we are killers,
self absorbed

What does that make God?

Is God absolved for the mistakes we make
as a result of our nature?
Or are we totally free?

Free to love, to choose peace
negotiate, put down our guns,
stop fighting?

What is your choice?

I choose not to kill myself.
I choose to love my children.
I choose to help whom I care for.

What is your choice?

2021 Jean Jones

Jean Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He teaches English as a Second Language part-time at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, and is regularly published by Horror Zine and Aphelion Webzine.

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