Fourteen

Some day, you’re gonna grow
and the songs of yesteryear
will hardly seem quite so significant.
You will mature
and change
and you will find that the pleasures
you once held so dear
will be hollow
and irrelevant
and you might even be ashamed
of those old joys.
The days when you would busy yourself
cutting box tops
to get the latest autograph
of the latest big star
may leave you feeling guilty.

You will find new interests,
the interests of adults,
the things that men and women care for
more than girls and boys.
You will love strong songs
of true and honest sentiment
and you will sing them
or come up with songs of your own
and swear fealty to new gods,
gods you never before imagined.

It’s all coming.
It’s all going to change.
You will be an entirely different someone
someday
and like things worth liking
and, oh god,
do I look forward to that day.

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One Response to Fourteen

  1. Some day, you’re gonna grow and the songs of yesteryear will hardly seem quite so significant. You will mature and change and you will find that the pleasures you once held so dear will be hollow and irrelevant and you might even be ashamed of those old joys. The days when you would busy yourself cutting box tops to get the latest autograph of the latest big star may leave you feeling guilty.

    You will find new interests, the interests of adults, the things that men and women care for more than girls and boys. You will love strong songs of true and honest sentiment and you will sing them or come up with songs of your own and swear fealty to new gods, gods you never before imagined.

    It’s all coming. It’s all going to change. You will be an entirely different someone someday and like things worth liking and, oh god, do I look forward to that day.

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