Grow up and Give Up (as Long as you Pay your Taxes)
I feel stares in long, dark
hallways of empty people with emptier
I turn and there's no one there.
I turn back and the emptiness is in
front of me. Surrounding me. People become so lonely
they aren't people any more but shells.
Ghosts. What happened to them?
I grew up with these kids. I remember,
second grade, laughing and playing with
these same people. They have the same
heart in their chest and brain in their
head except yet
they are gone.
High school sucks out any hope left from
childhood. They tell you, "grow up."
They mean dry out, whither away,
go to college so we can have all
your money, and be a good citizen
who believes you have freedom when
you have fucking nothing.
They will take everything with bills and
taxes and expect you to raise a good family
to do the same thing for the rich to feed off
of. High school is when people become aware of
this pattern. Some try so hard not to grow up and
are shunned. Some give in. Most give up.
Who you are doesn't actually really matter
as long as you:
Pay your taxes.
Vote for the white, smiling politician with
the big ideas and the big wallet so he can
fill it more with whatever's left in your
Teach your kids to go to church, school,
get a good night's sleep, and to never have
fun because they are as fucking stuck as you
are in this society.
Until you turn into dust. Eventually society
hollows you out so much you fall apart and
that is what it means to age.