Stuffed Animal

Childhood was so simple.
Your biggest worry
was getting a grass stain
on your brand-new pants.

All you needed to make everything better
was a kiss from mom and dad
or a nap with your favorite stuffed animal.

Now those stuffed animals sit on top of a dresser
ratty and old because
you're a teenager now and
they hold no more comfort.

Worries consist of how much weight you need to lose
whether you should tell someone that your friend is being abused
and how to convince your parents
you're old enough to wear make-up and go out on dates.

You're always trying to be older than you really are,
but sometimes when you're all alone
and the worries are overwhelming You go to that dresser,
grab a stuffed animal,
hold it tight,
and cry yourself to sleep.