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For they have not yet forgotten how

XXXI Days of Poetry  (MMXII) - Day IX

For they have not yet forgotten how
(guest poet Saralyn Marshall)

Children dream in color,
for they have not yet forgotten how,
as they will when they become adults.

They will forget 
                 how to dream, 
                                    and imagine,
once they become 
                      old enough to 
make all their own choices. 

They will eat things that will 
                                make them fat and sick,
                                                            and drink poison,
and work on things 
that make them unhappy,
and completely forget how to make friends. 

Why are we so anxious 
                                 for them 
                                            to grow into 

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