I tread lightly now
picking paths with wary care.
Now that I have suffered my soles ripped to ribbons,
lightly now I tread.

I secure my heart now
encasing it in cotton-lined steel.
Now that it has been shattered to splinters
my heart now I secure.

I faintly recall the child
who danced with abandon,
the wild-eyed innocent
who swallowed the world whole,
skipping through days,
laughing in wonder.

Hours of adventure have turned
to endless seconds of trepidation.

Now that I understand
the world is a dangerous place
I tread lightly now.