We Are Looking For Who You Are

In the life of every young person getting older
there are baubles, houses, cars and guitars
but one thing cannot be bought or sold
is who you thoroughly and deeply are.

Over the dirt and gravel and tar that covers your road
can you see any direction that stays the same?
Some call it personality and some integrity.
It is what burns whether or not there is flame.

It’s in the hunger and not in the appetite.
It’s the getting up after every stupid stumble.
It’s how the odds change when you are right
and how you act when clearly you’re outnumbered.

In the life of every young person getting older
there are baubles, houses, cars and guitars
but one thing cannot be bought or sold
is who you unavoidably and constantly are.

We are looking for you
we have been looking here
and there and up and down
we shouldn’t have to
chase you around.

It’s not in what you say but in your silence
in your comportment when you’re most uncomfortable.
It’s in the way everyone else gets more confident
if you keep your head when it’s out of control.

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