lost dreams

remember when I wanted to be a missionary
and travel the world and tell people about
what I thought was the truth at the time
remember when I wanted to be an ambulance driver
before I learned what really went on in the back
and the lives I would precariously hold in my hands
or an astronaut
before the science was knocked out of me
and replaced with a haunting dream
and a fear of death by fire
or an artist
before I was told to keep my mouth shut
and let the adults do the talking

what lost dreams like this
should ever be persuaded away
from a child
give them the world
and the truth
and nothing less

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