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Growing Pains

I need to fall
Scrape my knees
Skin my palms
Let me
You need to learn to watch
And we both know how hard it is
When I keep falling over and over and…
Smack
Face down on the concrete
Lip bloody and tears threatening
Gritting my teeth as I get back up
Again and again
It’s called muscle memory
Soon, I won’t have to think about it
I will simply stand up
Catch my breath
Knowing I will fall again
And again
And...
I will let you know when I’m ready for you to catch me
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