Inner Child

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Ellen's picture

The Inner Child plays in the mud,
Grading the earth with a yellow plastic Tonka truck,
Feeling the grit embedded in the knees,
Getting up and brushing them off,
A pattern of red dots remains.

Little does she know that
In a few years,
She will be
Playing with dolls
And a few years after that
Wearing dresses and heels,
And click-clacking from that room
Into another where
She learns to cross her legs
Neatly,
And apply eyeliner.
Then on to stockings
That don’t keep your legs
Warm on windy days while
Waiting for the bus.

By Ellen A. Wilkin

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Ellen
Ever learning, Everlasting