Thursday, May 4, 2017

"When I Was Younger" by Iris & Anton

When I was younger,
My curfew was the lightning bugs
My showers were from the sky
And the only ones who talked behind my back were the butterflies.

When I was younger,
My food was the earth
My toys were the dirt
And the only traces of where I had been were muddy footprints.

When I was younger,
My bed was the riverbed
My nightlight was the moon
And the only time I had to run away was when I chose to.

But now I am older,
And my curfew is a digital number on a screen
My showers are cold and in perfectly timed intervals
And everybody is too happy with their own lives to talk behind my back about mine

Now I am older
My food is processed and fake
My toys are gadgets and alternate realities
And the traces of where I have been can be tracked by any cell tower in the county.

Now I am older
My bed is the cheapest air mattress that I can afford
My nightlight is 60 watts
And now, running away is the only way I can think of to get home.

When I was younger,
My curfew was the lightning bugs
My showers were from the sky
And the only ones who talked behind my back were the butterflies.

But now I am older,
And my curfew is a digital number on a screen
My showers are cold and in perfectly timed intervals
And everybody is too happy with their own lives to talk behind my back about mine

When I was younger,
My food was the earth
My toys were the dirt
And the only traces of where I had been were muddy footprints.

Now I am older
My food is processed and fake
My toys are gadgets and alternate realities
And the traces of where I have been can be tracked by any cell tower in the county.

When I was younger,
My bed was the riverbed
My nightlight was the moon
And the only time I had to run away was when I chose to.

Now I am older
My bed is the cheapest air mattress that I can afford
My nightlight is 60 watts
And now, running away is the only way I can think of to get home.


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