A Boy Before


He had a gap between his teeth
You'd always see it ever hour of the day
Trains captured his waking mind, filling his life
With the wonder of mighty steel and coal
Walking never made sense to him, it was too boring
He'd twirl in the parks, then in the windows, then
In the dark, until his feet forgot
The bright blue eyes that made the ocean pale
Began to shout less and stopped turning peoples' heads
But his ears still remembered
A soft tune, a fantasy, an illusion
A chisel in his marble, striking true
That hidden sculptor, the time traveler
Who wielded his tool to make his heart ring
Till he flaunted a brace-rimmed smile once more

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