Pagosa Springs Artists

Coming of Age


Excited by the road ahead,
Not looking back to succor sure,
Savoring both the journey and destination,
Youth seeks newness for discovery’s sake alone.

On the way to a new way
By a route now freely chosen,
Youth thinks not of  kin nor reputation;
Rules and roles are quickly,  glibly dropped.

Chance encounters serve as friendship,
Family, shelved  icons once called  home;
Life is becoming a  game of personal recovery
From the scarring  ravages of  Youth’s  free choice.

In moments of terror, of despair at life beyond repair,
In moments of  elation, newfound  love or hope awakened,
And moments of  remembrance  wistfully visited  when alone,
Youth finds himself in those dreams that belong only to the young.

Longings,  finally,  for a  reconnection
To faith, age-old mandates, heart-felt support,
Bring Youth  at last  home to welcoming hearth
And  to  long-forgotten  family  love  rediscovered.


first published in Small Brushes

also published in PICTURE HEALING Chapbook

©1997 Bonnie Manion


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