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Statute of Limitations
ehalburn

What’s the penance for one’s youth?
 1
I never asked to be ten-years your junior.
 2
You see, I was born on another woman’s agenda,
 3
Predetermined,
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With no method of appeal.
 5
Was I too late?
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Did I start life overdue?
 7
Punctuality was never my strong suit.
 8
I ask is a decade too long?
 9
It seems a simple request that my affection
 10
Bridge the gap of time between us.
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I assure you,
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It’s strong enough.
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In these lines I beg you
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Do not condemn me for my youth.
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Is ten trips around the sun
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Really that substantial
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Of a journey?
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And if that's all it takes,
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Can I
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Relinquish the scenic route
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For an expressway?
 22
You acted shy about your age,
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But it’s interval isn’t one to fear.
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For a chance to sync our time together
 25
I’d gladly surrender the remaining years,
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The ones that encompass
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What's left of my youth,
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Heavy,
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Like a burden.
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Because to me they are passing
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Meaningless glimpses.
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Undeveloped snapshots.
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Finite.
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Or at least they are
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When compared to you.
 36

31 Jul 18

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nice flow who wants to be 10
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