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Forever Young

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Watch them run down the hill countless times
Make new friends within an instant
Unaware of everything except themselves
Blind to all hazards and risks
Filled with mischief, but venial acts at their age
Hurt and bawling every other minute
But they find a way to get back on their feet the next minute
Oblivious to darkness, stress, and all evil
Whatever happens today doesn’t affect tomorrow
I remember those days, without a single worry
So innocent, without knowing anything about the real world
It was always about the moment, never about the future
I could dress any which way, and play with anyone and anything
Now that is covered up, behind the guise of a quiet teen
Fit in with the crowd, or be alone forever
Visible pressure marks under my eyes
Creators of these rules of young adulthood are unknown
But following the model is just making it harder to break free
These norms are jail bars holding back freedom
Little eruptions eventually build up to an explosion
Nostalgia for the old days
But there isn’t anything to do
So I keep it inside, like shoving junk under a bed
Sometimes I will still dwell on those perfect times
But I can’t let that stop me from living my life
You only live once, so might as well make the best of it
As I age, I will look increasingly different
But nothing will ever change
Although no longer immune to the dark truths of life
I will remain forever young





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