TO A STUDENT
You're too young to
be objective and conservative.
have plenty of time to die later,
haven't climbed a rainbow yet
above the clouds
your feet off the ground.
you start sliding earthward now,
dig yourself into a hole,
your self will be smothered somewhere in your self-respect,
gets kind of hollow in that case.
it's hard for a hole to climb out of a hole
the mind gets arthritic.
have a disadvantage, you and I:
too was born old.
I've gotten younger each year since.
can do it. Just
where everyone else is coming from.
worry, they won't notice,
can only look one way.
they're used to the scenery coming to meet them and rushing past them
back to ever-creating youthfulness.
they tell themselves, "We're making progress."
hurry up. Your
first move doesn't have to show.
can be a quiet decision deep within yourself.
I can't wait.
entering my second childhood; I'm catching my second wind,
meet you back at the womb,
the secret of life is yet,
where all directions are still possible.
I'm there I may decide to get born all over again.
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