Flowery Words

On Turning Ten (last two stanzas)

 

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,

as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.

It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,

time to turn the first big number.

 

It seems only yesterday I used to believe

there was nothing under my skin but light.

If you cut me I would shine.

But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,

I skin my knees. I bleed.

-Billy Collins

(Whitman's favorite)

Missing being a teacher today.

Missing being a teacher today.