It’s not as if the roots were left unwatered

from the kid who thought nothing
to stop random strangers and ask for their support
for every cause deemed that day appropriate
this is the sixth floor.

from the kid who believed in everything
and every opportunity to be genuine
and every person’s ability to realize it all
this is grounding.

from the kid who wished for simplicity
and peace, food, mattresses, sleep and music
all to be showered on the shoulders of the meek
this is depressing.

from the kid who had no fear
of running up to a microphone
and belting out ideas on how to change the world
this is the gutter.