When I Grow Up

 When I Grow Up

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It stretches forever in front of me.
There, no future happens until I create it.
And that is the power of words
that rub like pieces of gravel in my shoe.
I become less of a child in bearing them,
grow to adolescence as I pry them from my shoe.
In storing them on the page, I become my own creator—
writing a new world with each decision of word.
On the page, I can, if I so choose,
grow up again and again.
Each page filled or every edit of the last
becomes another part of me
that tells the same story:
that growing enough to fill the space inside of me
never happens.

Yes, one or two of you have seen it before, but since I had totally forgotten this poem, it’s clear that one advantage of growing up is that you get to enjoy the same things over again with very little memory of them!  This applies to books, movies and even first spouses remarried!


13 thoughts on “When I Grow Up

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      What is the original–Bram Stoker’s? I hated the movie. Walked out and waited for my friends in the lobby. Just could not stand to watch it even though Vampire movies are the only scary movies I enjoyed.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          The book, I’m sure, was better than the movie which was so bloody and jumped around in a most confusing manner! I should see it again to see if it was just me, I guess. I loved Interview With a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Did you read them?

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  2. lifelessons Post author

    I haven’t read the book. This is the only vampire movie I’ve ever hated. It just didn’t seem to hand together for me and the plot was confusing…as though they’d left out too many segues. But yes, there is a book, which may be good. I haven’t read it.



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