Friday, September 27, 2019

on a cusp

middle school, and anxiousness

what a gift it is
to witness and cheer on
the middle schooler awakening
into the power of mind and heart,

the middle schooler, though,
has settling down on them
more than their fair share of anxiousness,
a fear that each is an imposter,
just faking it
while others must be real,
thus school can be a source of tests
that cannot be passed,

how sad it can be to wake up into fear,
to turn a corner and be hugged by anxiety,

no wonder that silliness and avoidance call to them,
just as with many of us, each can be on a cusp,
and the mature side of the choice is heavy.

by Henry H. Walker
September 26, ‘19

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