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On Meeting the Dangerous

How do we shield the young from hurt?
We can’t, and so, we don’t.

And even if we possessed
the uncanny ability to save them
from the affect that
frigid heartache leaves behind,
is that the solution?
Because really,
We are protecting ourselves
from the discomfort
of witnessing their pain–
the harm that sidles in.

Perhaps we should teach them
how to confidently meet the dangerous,
the ugly.
After all,
it’s bound to find them
eventually.

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