Shine

via Daily Prompt: Shine

He was bright, as bright goes,

conversed with adults rather

than the kids his own age.

He was shunned by those kids,

and was told by those adults that

friends his age would be better,

than trying to fit in with those grown.

He kept to himself, afraid that he

was judged differently than most,

too smart for his age group,

not old enough for his intellectual equals.

And at night he cried,

because the darkness afforded him cover,

for although he was bright,

he could never shine,

doomed to conform to standards set for him,

before he could decide for himself.

Shine

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