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Desire

Children in the dirt
inventing moats around great castles
with muddy hair

Children see dollsandtrucks
and ninjasandprincesses
glowing in the distance

they reach the beckonings
but before they sit down long
they see carsandmakeup

and run full force
toward the enticements
and plunge off the cliff

as they fall
Adults see billsnadjobs
and workandstress

and wish
they hadn't
jumped

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