coming of age

One comes of age
at any age – in fact
at several different ages

Like a worm in an apple –
the first resistance
to the formatting –
then the searching
searing pain of testing
risking – who knows how much
and when – for some –
the critical mass is reached
the enveloping calm…

enough, if you so chose –
there is no law
that says you must
confess your freedom publicly …

but of course
the last phase would be
admitting you set yourself free
daring to speak what you truly believe




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