Big World

used to think i had something to say,
so much to say, rhymes and reasons,
back when i was a kid
and the rest of the world was not.

used to think i’d make a difference
just with words,
heartfelt words,
back when i was idealist
and the rest of the world was not.

now as age comes settling in
ready for the long haul,
now as world events are
more profound and overwhelming,
little that i could say or do or think
could make a chink in the clamor
or the armor
of the craziness of the world.

sometimes you go back,
to your old classroom,
your old town, aurora
your old haunt
and it looks so small
but you thought
it was so big.
it’s not like that
with the world,
with the wars,
with the horrors,
with the heroes,
with the wonders,
the world keeps getting
bigger .

© 1999 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – profound
daily prompt – or
Daily prompt – overwhelming

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