I say:

To love the lie but not the liar is to
Love the poem but not the poet;

To stand behind bars camouflaged green and black is to
Believe in false notions of bravado and power;

To allow others to shape you and change you is to
Take an original and turn it into nothing more than an impression;

To play always only by the rules and restrictions is to
Live and breathe a life just so that you can suffer and die;

To pursue a degree or certificate and not an education is to
Go onto the field everyday and not touch a ball a single time;

To eat and not taste the food is to
Touch a flower and not smell them;

What I don’t say:

You surely will die,
But are you actually alive?