remember (innocence)

the world frowns
on innocence

it carries with it
the simplistic
and the naïve

asks questions
that are unanswerable
until the phlegm
and jaundice
of a life lived
can put texture
into an answer

and beg
for firm correction

a psychic
slapping

and introduction
to reality

a kind
of reality

aspire
or die

sweet victory
or mouldering bitterness

not even choices
really

just outcomes

just
outcomes
because a smart lick
of punishment
is apt
don’t you think

just a small
something
to remember

~

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