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I find myself nostalgic for early mornings in the winter

When it was still dark outside, and so cold my cheeks would turn pink just from the walk outside

Because there was a time when I was outside during early mornings in the winter

There was a time when I didn’t set an alarm because someone else was always my alarm clock

When I didn’t worry about school shootings, abortion rights, women’s rights, LBGTQ rights, political corruption, or COVID-19

I didn’t stress about my country and the people in it so hard that I had to stop watching, stop participating

I didn’t wish I lived somewhere else, anywhere else

I just woke up to a hand on my shoulder

I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, and put my school clothes on

I walked outside when it was still dark out with my jacket on and my hat over my eyes

But as time passed, I stopped getting up before the sun

I started setting an alarm

I stopped wearing my hat over my eyes and I saw this country for what it really was

Flaws and all

I find myself wishing for the simpler times, for the early mornings in the winter

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