Choice | Teen Ink


April 6, 2018
By Anonymous

Doubt thou that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt that I love.

They say they love me.
They say that they know best.
They say I want to see your children on your lap and in your arms,
because that’s when you’ll understand

Adults say she’s only thirteen.
Her brain is not developed yet;
she is not wired to think so far ahead

Then the roads diverge,
some take the road less traveled by

The seasons change,
as do people;
sometimes faster than you think;
faster than you can imagine;
faster than you want.

Why hold her back and push her down?
When you can let her fly,
let her choose.

Gravity only dictates the rules on earth.
Pass the horizon, obeying gravity is as apt as trying to run in the ocean.

The author's comments:

The introduction and a line in the poem is from Shakepeare's Hamlet and I included a quote from the book itself because both quotes really exemplify the common rhetoric that adults often say to justify a decision they made on their child's behalf.

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