by Katie Hanners

Remember the innocence?
The ice cream truck summers and huge box forts?
Remember when we wanted nothing but to be older,
everyone was friends,
and paintings were stick Mommies and Daddies
with smiling suns and flowers?
Remember when looks didn't matter,
when you made snow angels and went sledding in the winter?
Remember being a little kid?
Not having a care in the world,
just living perfect, innocent lives.
Remember the way you lived?
Careless, happy, free, unjudged?
Too bad we didn't have a choice,
because I never would have given myself permission to grow up.

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Poem Copyright 2012 by Katie Hanners


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