Grow up with me
Let’s run in fields and through the dark together
Fall off swings and burn special things and both play outside in bad weather
Let’s eat badly,
Let’s watch adults drink wine and laugh at their idiocy
Let’s sit in the back of the car,
Making eye-contact with strangers driving past making them uncomfortable
Not caring, not swearing, don’t fuck
Let’s both reclaim our superpowers,
The ones we will have and lose with our milk teeth
The ability not to fear social awkwardness,
To panic when locked in the cellar, still sure there’s something down there
And while picking through pillows each feather,
Let’s both stay away from the edge of the bed, forcing us closer together
Let’s sit in public with ice-cream all over both our faces,
Sticking our tongues out at passers by,
Let’s cry, let’s swim, let’s everything
Let’s not find it funny lest someone falls over
Classical music is boring,
Poetry baffles us both,
There is nothing that’s said is what’s meant
Plays are long tiresome, sullen and filled with hours that could have be spent rolling down hills and grazing our knees on cement
Let’s hear stories and both lose our innocence,
Learn about parents and forgiveness,
death and morality,
kindness and art
Thus losing both of our innocent hearts,
But at least we won’t do it apart
Grow up with me.