The easy certainty of adolescence
Is beautiful and terrifying

New adventures are embarked upon
With the confidence of those
Who live outside mortality

Ideas are expounded in
High contrast black and white

My children can jump to conclusions
As boldly as they
Jump off that rock ledge
Into this swimming hole below

But they are not really children anymore
They have already lept from that ledge
And are yet to land in this pool below

Watching them in mid air
Hurtling towards this water
I silently pray
That they can avoid the submerged rocks
And swim strongly

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