He was taught as a child to respect grown ups.
Grown ups, they said,
are real people, with real problems,
who do real things for real reasons.
Grown ups are professionals.
He thought grown ups were people with a purpose
and they all seemed to move in specific directions
or not at all.
Wait until you get out into the real world, kid.
And he did see.
He saw that grown ups haven’t got a clue what they’re doing,
making it up as they go along.
He saw that grown ups take comfort in repeating the same old
basic learned behavior, over and over,
like some broken down old farm horse.
He saw that grown ups have uninformed opinions
that they defend with their lives
and carry to their graves.
But more than anything he saw
that grown ups have forgotten how to be
and that all of their important purposes stop short
at merely doing things.
One night he built a fortress under his bed
and cried himself to sleep
with the realest of tears.