Where you go

Where you go, some will follow
where you lead, some will not go
where you stand, some will stand with you
when you get up, some will shake their heads
When you speak, some will listen
when you sing, some will shut their ears
when you laugh, some will laugh with you
when you cry, some will see only tears
but when you know yourself, and confidently walk
forward into the atmosphere, some will not notice
but many many, child, will.

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A girl on a step

She has not

wandered yet into

the world of unwanted

unwasted

or unwepted

She sits confidently

on the steps and

leans her chin into palm

so nonchalantly even the wind

sighs in her contentment

her youthful ability to see the world

just as it is at this moment

without prejudice

without care

without a hint of

overlapping layers

photoshoped and

pristine in their creation

she

is a girl

sitting on a step

looking out at the grass

wondering

why to a hundred

questions she’ll

one day answer

but for now

is just the envy

of the aged

and the curiosity of

passing ants lingering

near her shoe.