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Words by William L. Alton
published in Volume 11, Issue 1 on June 28th, 2004

I was only so young for so long
Before age took me and stole my hair,
Added joint pain to my retinue of experience.

God I hated it when I was a kid
And my mother looked at my tears
Saying that I had no idea what pain was.

Still though, I look at my sons
And find the words dripping off my tongue
Before I can swallow them.

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