as i learn to walk again

at a pivotal age
i learned
that life
ends and begins
around me

a pet deer
a dead father
tadpoles in the pool
kidnappers behind the swing

i begged for lighting rods
ant bait
and code words
to protect me
from my own mind

i have experience
with the dark night
and the sun will rise again
to light a temporary path
as i learn to walk again

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