You’ll See

That's what you're told when,
in the dense thickets of youth,

you follow the sting
instead of the honey, smash

the reef to bits for that one
imagined rarity of coral; kick

the horse in the ribs or burn
down the barn to keep them

from falling into other hands.
Take it as warning about

consequence, which is
shorthand for whatever 

was going to come next anyway. 
Take it as wisdom, or the bitter-

nesss of  those who've been there
or just want to be vindicated.

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