Poem -- 'Is it because you don't trust anyone, or they can misconstrue your words?'

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Marshawn Lynch, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016.

In honor of Black History Month, espnW is running essays and poems throughout February on influential black athletes. 

I'm just here so I won't get fined

get found trampled in a pit of the unsprouted

mysteriously sent to the planet of last-responders

I'm still the same person I was yesterday

lit from inside, unflickering

waiting for the elevator

sighing into the phone

you know what it's like, man, being human

last week I felt my dream come true again:

brown speck of child tearing across the green

open-mouthed sound

cosmos quaking

last week it was yeah

now it's nope

I'm here

you know why

thanks for asking

-The title is a question Deion Sanders posed to Lynch during a 2015 Media Day interview

-Italicized lines are quotations from Lynch's post-game interviews

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