OH, THE THINGS THAT WE FEEL

OH, THE THINGS THAT WE FEEL

From Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV

Oh, the Things That We Feel

Oh, the things that we feel as we walk through our years

As we look back and swim in the lakes of our tears

Oh, the things that we learn as we walk through our youth

As we lose our first love, as we lose our first tooth

Oh, we walk through our days with our heads in the sand

How we look up and find we are holding a hand

Oh, the things that we see as we look to the past

How we always assumed that forever would last

We question decisions and analyze words

Of a time that is gone, that flew south with the birds

We remember advice from a time so far back

And we see it’s a gift, it is not an attack

We envision the faces of people we knew

Wondering what with their lives did they do

We look at old pictures, hear songs we once sung

We discover the beauty we missed being young

How we never were happy and never at ease

As we plunged into waters as deep as we pleased

To discover that beauty is not what we’d thought

It was there all along, it was not what we sought.

And we view our parents in a whole different light

Though we always knew deep down inside they were right

Oh, how they prepared us for oceans and streams

How they taught us to swim and to follow our dreams

We look up from the water to see that we’re there

And we open our doors to the people who care

As we look back and swim in the lakes of our tears

Oh, the things that we feel as we walk through the years

Danielle Rosenblatt

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