Once

There once was child smart
Genuinely mischievous, wild.
Stubbornly unique, apart 
To seek adventure, riled.
 
That once child, suspended
In reality, buried alive.
Insanity, a mind distended 
Kept indentured, to strive.
 
This child, awake at last
 Suddenly, to feel alone.
Desperately hung, saving past
Beguiled, disguised, atoned.

-PNP


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