ten years later

when you are driving
down a familiar highway
more slowly
more carefully
than you used to
and memories
rush back
with a surprising
lack of pain

the resentment
the ache
the sting
replaced
by amusement

ah, the messiness of youth
you say with ease.

how strange
and how sweet

to find
bitterness
mellowed
by time

to find
yourself
older, softer,
healed.

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