If and Then

We vow we’ll do it differently,

making choices unlike others. 

Not better. 

Not worse. 

Just different. 

Right? Right. 

We’ll jump to attention,

never miss a beat–

well, hardly ever. 

Voices sound convincing,

but knees shake with 

buried fears. 

Failure is not an option.

It’s not inevitable,

either, right? Right. 

We’ll be different. 

Have more patience.

Listen closer. 

Smile longer. 

Shine brighter. 

Hug tighter. 

If we get the chance,

well, then we’ll find out. 

Right? Right. 

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