The boy lost his inner child somewhere
Between adolescence and individual freedom
How did it come to this? A slow process
One shoe size at a time
One pair after another until the boy
Became a man and couldn’t stand to walk
In his father’s footsteps
Losing his confidence somewhere
Between growing old and trying to grasp
The meaning of love
It could have only come to this slow process
One wish after another until the boy ran out of stars
And couldn’t sleep to dream
The dreams of his father

© Joseph Olsen