Compel and draw forth, a little nearer to me

I want nothing
more than to see you and
these things you tell me
You release so little,
me only wanting more

Why won’t you grow old?
My contractually obligated childish naïtivity
stands in contrast
Your adulthood
reminds me of what I’m not
What I’m missing
or what I’ve forgotten

You draw forth from me
something I don’t know
Wanting to understand
Draw forth
something in you I don’t know
Wanting what
I don’t know

To you: pull me out of me
I am feeling
more than greedy to be with you
I want you
and old age
to meet each other
With me.

Suffering Love Laughing At Myself is the first poetry book of Adam Fletcher Sasse and is available at

Published by Adam

For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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