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Grown Up

February 2, 2010
By oracle-of-nonsense PLATINUM, Winnabow, North Carolina
oracle-of-nonsense PLATINUM, Winnabow, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"We are born with two incurable diseases -- life, from which we die; and hope, which says maybe death isn’t the end."
- Andrew Greeley

are you grown up?

Is it when
your poems stop rhyming?
When you stop believing
in religion,
or when you start thinking
that there is a God,
but that He took His hands off the wheel
a long time ago?
Is it when you realize
that adults
are more than willing to hurt you
and pretend that it's love?
Is it when you lie awake afterward thinking,
and feel the emptiness
of giving to a vacuum,
or when it hits you like a suckerpunch
that they're leaving you
and they just don't care?
When you hear
that a friend got tired of life,
or when they give you a piece
of their aborted attempt
to be like you?
Is it when
he whispers all the words
that mean "I love you,"
or when you believe him?

am I grown up?

The author's comments:
Just thinking the other night about what makes a person "grown up." We like to think we're grown up when we get a job, have our hearts broken, get drunk, etc., but our parents don't agree, and in their minds, maybe we'll never be grown up.

So. There.

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Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Apr. 18 2011 at 4:35 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

I've been thinking a lot about growing up lately(ever since I turned 14) and I feel that I am now not a kid anymore but that I am somehow not an adult yet.