growth

puppies turn into dogs
kittens turn into cats
mice turn into rats
no they don’t

spring turns into fall
dandelions turn into seeds
caterpillars turn into butterflies
cupcakes turn into muffins
no they don’t

of all of God’s creatures we are obsessed with birth, youth, life.
no one is interested in the later years when we turn old and grey
when death is at our door.
when we pee out all the liquid we ever drank
yes we do
and it’s not pretty
it’s grotesque, disgusting, and emasculating.

no one wants to grow, but here we are growing
yes we are.
everyone i know has peter pan syndrome
no they don’t.
YES THEY DO.

that’s all.

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