There is a cost
in growing older
than 10, than 27
than 47, or more, because

You never know when
tears may fall
over a lost one eyed rabbit
over a shy girlfriend
moved to Osceola
over a marriage
drifting off to
San Francisco

There is a cost
in adding experience
to intention,
arriving at a sort
of wisdom,
because with that strength
you gain a weakness, since
tears may fall
over an old letter
a baby toy
off to Goodwill
and one more smile
just a photographic
memory


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