Aggression and mistakes,
healthy tanned skin, skin burned
with the threat of cancer, dating
alienation and friends,
alienation and family.
Puberty and its unrelenting harassment.
No matter how you see it
being young is not easy-
it’s skin stretching more and more
one experience after another
even after the skin is spotted with age
and there is no more aggression left
or mistakes to be made
There is youth,
still existing inside.

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From Bad Dirt during Winter's Bone and Saved by the Holy Spirit's Redeeming Grace

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