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ADOLESCENCE, by            
First Line: Once he was mine, but now I find a door
Last Line: They may be more enduring than it seems.
Subject(s): Adolescence; Teen Agers


Once he was mine, but now I find a door
Between our lives; I never dare intrude
Into that room which is an interlude
Between the Youth and Man. His sacred lore --
Some pirate escapade, an airplane jaunt
Across all seven seas, a tiger chase,
A new-found Island with soft-spoken race --
This world of thought is his; his secret haunt.
Let me speak softly lest some word may jar
The fragile walls of this lad's precious world;
Here are his battles won, his flags unfurled;
From here he scans the heavens for his star.
Let me tread softly, sparing errant dreams;
They may be more enduring than it seems.





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