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  • 16 years monotony, same small town.
    Traces of you and your comings and goings layer thick the trails, for you have tread them often.
    Sensory adaptation has blinded you to secret lairs and forbidden kingdoms that lay about Hope, you no longer see this town. You see only the future and escape.
    Just a trot away from home, pad across spongy green field, scramble down a rocky rusty metal and old tires drop to a protected land. A fortress below street level.
    Here are the remains of brave, weary bygone travelers who'd sat and lit fires in this sanctuary.
    Spiderwebs tangle in your snarly beautiful wild hair, and poison ivy scratches at your scraped up shins, you are full of the boundless energy that comes with exploring.
    Leap from boulder to boulder, the chasms widening in your mind, the rocks becoming great stone monoliths, the rusty barrels unused cannon from some foreign war.
    Sweet mountain laurel and uncultivated grapes garnish the trail you blaze.
    Everything is new.
    Sit on a rock on the river, survey the land. Cartographer mapping uncharted territory. A fallen tree lies half-submerged.
    Beetles swim mindless circles in murky shallows. "That was me," you think.
    "I was going round and round and missing the wide expanse of my world.
    I was stuck in the murky shallows.
    I will nevermore be a beetle," you vow.
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