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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: Caught Unaware
By vincent lyons
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We never thought our teenage years would end.
It’s like as if we shut our eyes, we failed to see our youths’ demise—
The fast approaching freight train ‘round the bend.
There’s a new baby on the way, there are mouths to feed, rent to pay,
The bills are mounting up from everywhere;
We have to work from nine to five, with that we barely can survive,
At week’s end there’s not one dollar spare.
We need to change the rusty car, some house repairs—there always are!
I take a second job to pay them off.
Then schooling starts for number one, the other two are still too young,
There are doctor bills for every sneeze and cough!
The children’s teenage years come ‘round. They, like us, want to paint the town;
We try to steer them safely through it all.
To think we never understood about this nightmare—‘adulthood’—
It passed while we were otherwise employed.
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