Once I was young
My heart only knew beauty,
I was free and happy.
One day I recognized myself in the mirror
I saw something new
Then I saw myself in the world.
I saw fear, confusion, and sadness for the first time.
I felt helpless to change the world.
An old woman walked up to a building and I held the door as she went inside.
For one moment the world smiled,
And I felt free and happy once more.

Author:
Anonymous