21/365: Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

Life in the world of 1984. Orwell and Big Brother.

Days of sunshine and high school out of doors

swooning over athletes and cool kids

wishing one day she’d be one of them

or like them

or just cool.

Living in a world of music

submerged with Sting

Synchronicity and Jung slipping off her tongue

like tabs of acid

as she submerged herself in other worlds and

other fantasies

now wanting to be present in the one

in which she existed.

Watching the Breakfast Club and

Don’t you Forget about Me-ing herself

to her friends

as she was uprooting once again.

Knowing the future was uncertain


Knowing that because of her fractured paths

and multiple moves

she would never be close enough to anyone

or anything to ever return to it

to call home.

Fast forward to now.

As she looks upon that past,

her life is as unpredictable

as she could have guessed.

Technology has forged ties

that might have been forgotten

and some nights

she watches The Breakfast Club once again

with the same people from back then

and relishes the past and

the unpredictability of

what it brings her today.


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