Innocent: A Poem

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Innocent…

Laughed at
Taunted
Embarrassed
Because I “know less” than my peers
Or because I have a more positive outlook?
(The faith of a child)

Naive…

Because I think compromise should be the answer
Because it took me longer to outgrow Barney
Because I didn’t understand “the milkshake song” until high school
(And I’m not even sure I do now)

Sheltered…

(And maybe I was)
Because my parents worked to tell me only what I needed to know
Because they didn’t overly concern me with 9/11
(I was only 10)
Because I am an only child
Because my parents protected me

But there’s nothing wrong with any of that
Because I am who I am
I still have childlike wonder

And this world needs a little more innocence anyway.