Growing Up

growing up just seems to be a long litany of loving people
and losing them

outside in the cold there are two stars visible. the rest 
of the light
comes from our building’s front steps—“just when
                     you get comfortable,”
my friend says, shaking her head

just when the roots curl safe and strong around each other
and find their way through the dark 
that’s when the hoe comes and cuts and throws you in a bleeding
heap: time to
start all over 

i would give anything 
to be in the presence
of the ones i love



5 responses to “Growing Up”

  1. This is how I feel about growing up, too. It’s like the friends we make in high school don’t even count, because we won’t see them again. You say it better than I could. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. It is strange, keeping (and sometimes losing) friends from different stages of life. <333


    2. The high school friends part hits so hard. I get that people move on, but in a period where it’s near impossible to meet new people, make new friends, the absence aches even more.

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  2. Judith Pierce Livingstone Avatar
    Judith Pierce Livingstone

    Dearest Abby,

    This is beautiful.

    All my love,


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