child?: A Poem

 am I your inner child?
 do you care for me
 as a way of caring for yourself?
 sometimes my inner child is my future baby
 and I care for myself
 so that one day
 I may care for her
 better to raise her imperfectly
 than to watch from above
  
 maybe if you keep caring for me
 you can get me to that place of safety
 away from the place of cold and shadows
  
 on some days
 my inner child is the plant I’ve had for nine years
 and on some days
 watering that plant is enough 

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