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Rated: E · Poetry · Nature · #1475433
Nothing is ever as we think it's going to be. Perhaps dying is the true awakening.
Not Like I Thought

When I woke up, a little boy,
having slept through the night,
the dark was not like I thought.

When I fell in love, in my teens,
scared and focused and dreaming,
love was not like I thought.

Graduating and marching out
into the real world—
the world was not like I thought.

Falling in love, for real
this time, and this and this—
still not like I thought.

Meeting you and having her,
and turning into my father—
not like I thought.

Growing old and fat, groaning
out of the couch, grandkids—
not like I thought.

Slipping into the river again
and again, and finally finding the sea—
not like I thought.

not like I—

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