It Hurts to Grow
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“It Hurts to Grow,” New Era, May 1997, 51

It Hurts to Grow

It hurts to grow,

to unfold the ironed creases,

to uncover delicate petals,

to be touched by the warmth,

the glow and fire

of the sun.

Still covered, their colors fade,

wither,

die.

No one may then know

the beauty

that lay therein.