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i'm giving myself ten minutes to grow up,
and with every minute that passes i am remembering
balloons and party hats and streamers
and the second star to the right,
straight on 'til morning.

every year i write myself a poem for my birthday,
but this year i think i'll write a poem about
peter pan and he'll die in the end and everyone
will be sad. i'll be the saddest though,
because there comes a point in your life
when you realize that you're not peter pan,
or wendy, or even a lost boy.

(how sad, i think, to be lost but not a lost boy.
it doesn't matter though, because neverland isn't
real and now look, i'm another year older, and what
have i even done with my life?)

today i'm twenty-three and peter pan is dead.
my ten minutes have passed and i still haven't
grown up. people around me forget how to talk
to mermaids, and no one claps because no one
believes in fairies, or flying, or themselves.

today every birthday candle looks like a bone
and i still have so many wishes left to make.
maybe i should know who i am and what i am
doing by now, but i don't know. i don't care.
i'm twenty-three and this is all i have, it's all i
will ever have. you can keep your careers and cars
and aspirations. i will be waiting by my window
for a little boy with stars for eyes who can
never grow older because he is dead.
say hi to steve irwin for me, pan.
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very relatable, nicely done!
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luckynr1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Great work!
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Anazuzu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Absolutely moving...i'm 20 and I'm about to get married..and I don't know if  I really want to leave behind leaving home yet. I've been in school in all my life, and had so many tears shed over useless papers and grades on pieces of cardboard for a dream...funny how we let grades and teachers break our immortal spirits...

Paper can burn, but so can hearts.

But the outcomes are ashes and ambitions.
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doublethefun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I just want you to know that I love this poem so much I come back ad reread it from time to time :)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
How is it that I have just now discovered you? You are made of awesome. And your writing... it's unreal. My utmost respect to you, ma'am. <3
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estallidos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Writer
well thank you! that is rather kind :)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
You're more than welcome.
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ilovechez Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
But to die would be an awfully big adventure
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minninnewah Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.. Every single part of this is breathtaking!
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driBeltneG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
just wow. really good. it makes me sad, but i love it so much.
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