It’s as if we realized we simply had to grow up. That’s when we surrendered who we were to become who we are now. The thing is, I still remember who you were then.

I meander
trawling through
troughs and gullies
Never to think,
ponder, wonder
About you

You,
whose indifferent arms
Now embrace
all rivers
Everyone
but me

I remember
flood plain neighbors
soaking wide,
broad fields
Cranes held,
largemouth bass glistened
Summer sunshine
winter ice
We stayed together

Then,
a dam
Concrete and steel,
turbines
Electricity for someone else
You,
love asunder
Taken
from me

Now I roam
You, gone
What we never knew
You have become
Somewhere you are the ocean
and I?
Alone

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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