On serving the youth

The youth of the young

Is a thing to be weary of 

As much as it is a thing 

To be celebrated.

Weary because its not a handicap

And delaying their adulthood 

Is a loss to us all.

Celebrated

Because the fruit of our labor

Will be born on their trees. 

They are more than today’s foot soldiers

They are not merely inconvenient casualties 

On the stomping grounds of 

Global systems.

The youth are to be served

Not exploited,

Not just empowered 

But trusted

Given more than just sport and entertainment

But real opportunities

To shape the world 

That they inherently have more time 

To be a part of. 

Serve the youth.

They are extensions of ourselves

Into a world that will one day exist

Without us.

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