There are some feelings

that you might have some time

that you are not proud of —

and you may not be able

to abolish  them

even if you wish you could.


I was a weak little boy

and could not much compete

with my peers —

not exceedingly incapable —

but just enough so

that I was very aware

of my limitations.


But,I am a fairly strong old man

and if I could

I would return to my childhood days

and I would show my little friends

that my life didn’t end

because I couldn’t compete back then.


If any of them are still around

they might hear the sound of my crowing

knowing that if I could

I would take them on.

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