He grows outward and upward
innocently reaching for the sunlight,
armed with only a fearless curiosity,
and the arrogance of his youth.
Soon he will venture out further
beyond the security of the larger limbs,
armed with only the leaves of knowledge,
and the spiritual truth of his ideals.
One day he will stand totally exposed
swaying in the gentle breeze of change.
I pray he has enough leaves to endure
the raging storms of prejudice and ignorance.