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Put Away Childish Things

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Put Away Childish Things

Hear what I said / when I was a child,
"This is so real" / I spake as a child,
"this is so now" / I knew as a child,
"so important!" / I thought as a child.

But when I became a man / I heard not the child
I put away childish things / I saw not the child
I saw through a glass darkly / and knew not the child.

I turned my face on my child
and only knew myself in parts, in pieces.

But one day I shall know myself
even as I am also known.
The man become child / as child once became man
Shall see himself / face to face.

- Franklin Mellon, Pacifican poet on his deathbed, June 19, 2052.