Young and Yellow

By Dharma Gilley

Three

You are yellow, young, and exuberant.


Six
You are numbers that add up to possibilities, a new beginning. 
You are daybreak, sunset, and the shining stars in the sky. 

You are the Seven Wonders of the World.
You are the universe.


Nine
Breathing deep breaths in the crashing waves. 
You are swimming through life, with no life vest, afloat alone.

Twelve
Though not a baseball player, you are learning to run towards home plate, not away from it, to run the bases, winning the game.

Fifteen
You are stumbling through the woods, tripping and falling flat on your face.
You stand up, no matter how many times you get knocked down.

Eighteen
Deep breaths consume you.
You count by threes to calm your anxieties.

Twenty-One
You can see clearly. 
Life is beginning again.
You don’t believe in gods, but you do believe in yourself.

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