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On Turning Ten

Rating: 4.0
The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

But now I am mostly at the window
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.

It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I could shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.
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COMMENTS
Bella 19 March 2021
I loved this poem because I can relate to everything he says I just couldn't put in words but he just did.
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YEET 18 March 2021
This is clearly a child's transition into adulthood try to keep up
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me 09 March 2021
why is everybody making fun of him yall need jesus and he will teach you to be good
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Louis Tomlinson 03 March 2021
it's quite eye-opening, bruv.10 out of 10
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Hate 25 February 2021
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that one 12 January 2021
tbh this poem is meaningful asf to me and it makes me sad everyone in the comments is making fun of it. this is an art form, how do you read this and not want to cry?
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a stressed teen 26 September 2020
chile anyways so-stream " how you like that" by blackpink! ah
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a stressed teen 26 September 2020
i hate highschool ughhh
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Funny bill 24 September 2020
I read all of your comments and I would like to contribute by saying. On Turning Ten is a mournful poem by Billy Collins that shows the problems one faces when they become older in life. It is a negative overtone of the changes one starts witnessing when they transition to the age of ten within the family and social setting.
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not me said this below 11 September 2020
dislike the vid pls......................
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