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  • It’s always the elusive boy
    The most unlikely person
    if you ask the neighbours or the schoolmates
    right after

    They just don’t understand how it could happen
    it’s beyond comprehension
    They knew the family well
    or they have seen them around at least
    and everything seemed just fine

    If you ask them again
    a week or so later
    when they’ve absorbed the shock
    they might tell you they knew all along
    that something was terribly wrong with the kid:

    'The family kept to themselves
    and there were domestic issues
    the mother obviously had severe problems
    It’s really no surprise the boy turned out to be insane'

    Don’t shake your head, now
    Don’t pretend to be shocked
    You saw it coming
    like it’s come before

    You see; there’s a problem here:
    The family structure, the lack of stability, the beating, the nerves, the invisibility
    but most of all the fact that no one cared

    It’s not a wild seed
    that you can label ‘Crazy’ or ‘Evil’
    a demon you can name and classify
    No, it’s the quiet child
    the one that took the beating while everyone pretended not to know
    the one that slipped away unseen
    and spent his adolesence hiding in the dark
    feeling lonely and misunderstood
    constantly searching for acknowledgement:
    ‘Look at me! Listen to me! I have a story to tell’
    but he’s no master of the words
    and so his deeds must do the talking

    Now see if you can fathom the consequences
    of turning the other cheek

    You see; there’s a pattern here:
    The constant putting down of the sensitive boy
    the sissy, the weakling, the wimp

    He is the underdog
    He made a promise long ago
    to come back and show them all what he's made of

    He may look like he’s losing count
    but really, he’s keeping track
    of every harsh word, every tongue-in-cheek comment
    the eye-rolling
    and the constant condescending dismissal of his potent potential

    When everyone laughs at you
    you may lose the ability to laugh at yourself

    Yes, it’s always the elusive boy
    and everyone knows what went wrong
    The pattern is recogniseable
    and the consequences of ignorance are unfathomable

    Don’t shake your head, now
    Don’t pretend to be shocked
    See it coming
    and sound the alarm
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