Language: English 
I was a boy then.
I did not understand --
I thought that friendship lay
In the grip of hand to hand.
I thought that love must be
Her body close to mine.
I thought that drunkenness
Was real --
In wine.

But I was a boy then,
I didn't understand
The things a young lad
Learns so soon
When he's
A man.


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This text was added to the website: 2021-01-22
Line count: 15
Word count: 61