Natalie Austin

Rookie (12/14/1989 / charlotte, nc)

Growing From Child To Adult - Poem by Natalie Austin

Turmoil and unrealized thoughts, dance in my heart
Voices saying don't do that, are laid out on a single chart
So many voices, yet, the one I try to hear remains hidden
Tossing up thoughts and emotions completely unbidden

My life I see is not me own, filled with regulations I despise
My opinions being thrown away, my thoughts on the demise
What hope do i retain, if my life is lived through a shadow
Like a closed room, dark and cold, with not one single window

How I long to be out in the sunshine, sun rays on my face
The whole world laid out, me living my life by my own pace
Unchecked by the chains that have kept me captive so long
Free to live life on my own, to finally sing my own song

To run like a fugitive from what were once were my only chains
To laugh and smile, and then deal with my own little pains
To be one person now free, finally out in the world by her own
To finally be ready to leave, what I long ago, called my home

Yet a little voice keeps drawing me back to what is reality
A world full of people gone bad, victims to their own fragility
Abductions and murder plagues the world I've waited to see
Things I know about, yet am positive, won't happen to me

Yet somewhere out there, someone once thought the same
And now they are lost, afraid, and alone, and they are to blame
I know that if I live my life cautiously, I might as well not cry:
When I go through life afraid, I might as well go on and slowly die

So people can write on my gravestone that I lived life cautiously
Yet deep down I'll know that I didn't live, cause I was not truly free
So I'll always choose to take the risks that life throws me into
Only then could i truly say, I've lived life as if my time was always due

So I will say always look around and be mindful of many things
Because one will never know where there will be savage fangs
Yet in doing so I will never forget to live life so, I will finally defeat my fear
Cause the gap between childhood and adulthood I have faced this year

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 15, 2008

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