Squiggly Lines

Photo by Alex Zavala

By Alex Zavala

Bring me back to the time where I knew nothing but squiggly lines

and that my name begins with the letter “A” 

Sing a track like Home Means Nevada to let the young voices shine

and remember when all you wanted to do was play

Cling to kindness, tell me what you learned at school

and remind me why I loved being just a kid

String sentences, yell when the world feels cruel

and never forget who loved you when you thought no one else did

Sometimes I want to go back in time and just forget how to rhyme

and run through the tunnels until they end

I forgot what I used to say to my best friends, but I guess that doesn’t matter when you’re older

Rhyming when I really have nothing to say reminds me that I was a boy who couldn’t see a choice to be happy 

I ramble because recess has been overrun with rules, responsibilities, fighting for rights I never thought were stripped away

I guess what I am trying to say is

Never forget to remind yourself to remember me when I was your age, and please tell me you know everything will be okay 

even though there’s nothing wrong with growing up, okay?

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