Little Girl

Little girl, little girl.

 

Phosphenes dance

colored wheels of mysteries

just out of reach

of tiny fingers.

 

Little girl, little girl.

 

Cartwheeling across trimmed lawns

training wheels left behind,

racing into the future

of obsidian.

 

Little girl, little girl.

 

Look before you step into oblivion

the stars are enchanting

but the fall is long.

 

Look before you step into oblivion,

or you’ll find yourself in a muted grey world

made of poisoned stardust.

 

Little girl, little girl.

 

Incandescence burns in your youthful eyes

but it’s ephemeral like so much else.

 

Little girl, little girl.

 

I see it’s gone

the innocence

the serendipity.

 

The milk is alcohol,

the vitamins are drugs,

the smiles are tears

the body is broken.

 

Little girl, little girl.

 

I look at you and know your story.

Now look at me

and see your future.

 

 

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