Falling Up

By Steve Cavin

I thought I had to

Obey my parents,

And never make a sound.

I thought I had to

Be like my friends,

Just to keep them around.


I thought I had to

Listen to my teacher,

To get good grades.

I thought I had to

Follow the boss's orders,

To get paid.


I thought I had to

Look like others, and,

Choose carefully what to say.

I thought I had to

Stay within the rules,

To keep the police away.


I thought I had to

Avoid bad words,

To write a poem or song.

I thought I had to

Please my wife,

Just to get along.


I thought I had to---

I thought I had to---

I thought I had to---

(But I didn't!)