Growing Up

Below I go meandering

With a glacial stride

Some fear this place of darkness

But it’s where I go to hide


The monsters left so long ago

So I can be alone

Once youth is lost you come to know

The monsters are your clone


For angry you, and bitter you

And you plagued with regrets

For haughty you and jealous you

What growing up begets


But as the candles multiply

There is an integration

You can no longer court denial

With this clever separation


In this place now monsterless

there only stands a mirror

Tis’ not cursed or enchanted

but reality much clearer




When the days blend together

And the nights are all dreamless

When the noon sun seems dim

And the night moon is beamless


Life feels like a shroud

Yet still stings like a brand

Days full of turned shoulders

And the swatting of hands


Here lies the moment

A catalyst born

These times are for shedding

The old uniforms


Beneath the adornment

Life so far has draped

Which now wears as burden

Encumbrancing our nape


A lightness, a nudity

Yearning for freedom

The best parts can emerge

Once we’re able to see them


Let the walls shatter

The film melt away

And awaken proclaiming

Today is the day


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