Wisdom Of The Ages

They say ‘wiser with age’
but I find I knew more
when I was much, much younger.
About 7 years old.
I knew it so well,
I didn’t know I knew it.

The truest state of affairs vibrated in my bones:

-how mommy and daddy were really doing,
what not to say,
which lying was fine, which was too much,
even how to get by in the world.
I understood it in the vein of my instinct,
from one moment to the next,
in the intricate language of my being.

Ah, how I knew…

Conformity and survival
have since taken over.
I pursue a new career now:
helping the children
undo their knowing.

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