Opened Too Soon

You know you’re old

when you look back

more than you look forward

thinking

“where did it all go?”

and you’re equally young

when you flip ahead calendar pages to your birthday thinking:

“it can’t get here fast enough”

cause the gift of time takes as much as it gives

and sometimes more.

We’re the grain of sand that seeps into the oyster

to be polished into a pearl

but, opened too soon

and all that time and patience

could never finish

nature’s masterpiece.

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