I donít remember agreeing to grow old

If age comes with wisdom
   when do I start to understand
      the lingering effects of the abuse?

If age comes with forgetfullness
   when do I start forgetting the abuse
      and losing the pain at its side?

If age comes with compassion
   when do I start having some
      for myself?

If age comes with aches and pains
   can they at least wait
      until Iím over the ones from the abuse?

No, I donít remember agreeing to grow old

But then Ė I donít remember agreeing to grow up either
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