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When did you Grow Up? If you did... - a prompt

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

May 9, 2020


When did you grow up? If you did...

My chest grew up long before my hands.

Which, as it turns out, was a problem.

Body, thoughts, emotions -

I was never in sync.

I've never known how to grow at the same rate.

My breasts are still too large, and my hands too small - although they have both aged significantly.

My face and joy are still young and naïve

Despite my very old eyes.

I can still pull enough youthful metabolism to have an hourglass figure, if I try hard enough.

But a (this) late in life pregnancy would be just enough to never bounce back from.

My joints have aged, it feels like overnight, and I regret not playing more sports over the past few years.

I don't know when I grew up or if my mind will ever catch up to the aching wisdom of my body.

Sometimes I'm already 80 in my sadness.

Sometimes I feel as sexy as 17.

Sometimes I'm still surprised and excited and as naïve as a 5 year old.

I don't know if I'll ever be whole.

I don't know if I'll ever be one solid "grown up".

I don't know if I ever even want to be.

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