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Protected Identity

He travelled. 
He walked down 
a new street 
with new people lining it. 

Songs of romance 
re-entered his mind. 
He even forgot his age, 
imagining himself much younger. 

With identity changed 
the past and the 
counts of years 
were muddled in his mind. 

All the things he 
couldn't have before 
now seemed within reach. 
He gave himself
permission to reach for new joys.
When the past is lost and
identity changes and 
life continues innocently day by day 

with the sun rising and setting 
and things not painful, 
it was more than tolerable, it was fun. 
Never mind the occassional frights 

that happened 
just to keep interest up. 
The meals were wonderful 
and he looked forward to them. 

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