Pastels or bold
I am a painting
Hung on your wall

Stare longingly
You don’t touch
Stay afar

I am flawed
Imperfect
You are satisfied

Looking approvingly
You’re happy this one is yours
You’re happy with yourself

Take me down
Put me up
I’m just another thing to you

Never interacting
You’re not an artist
And I’m not made of canvas

Instead, my arms grabbed my frame
My legs came down from behind
I suddenly stood on my own

Off the wall
Down the hall
Through the door

I am gone.

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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