Growing Up

Jonny Kennaugh on Unsplash

growing up just seems to be a long litany of loving people

and losing them


outside in the cold there are two stars visible. the rest 

of the light

comes from our building’s front steps—“just when

    you get comfortable,”

my friend says, shaking her head


just when the roots curl safe and strong around each other

and find their way through the dark 

that’s when the hoe comes and cuts and throws you in a bleeding

heap: time to

start all over 


i would give anything 

to be in the presence

of the ones i love



  1. This is how I feel about growing up, too. It’s like the friends we make in high school don’t even count, because we won’t see them again. You say it better than I could. Thank you for sharing this!

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