Didn’t quite comprehend

The naiveté you often attributed to me

It made me angry

I realize now

It was you that made me naïve

 

I’ve wisened up

Become the adult

You always wanted me to be

Stark, naked, brutal

It makes things easy

When you make those

Strangely naïve attempts to contact me now

 

I am transformed

You have – de-mystified – these

-All- grown- up- transitory- relationships- for me

I look back at the time I spent

Listening to you

And think

“What a colossal waste of time”

 

I prefer me before I knew you

Before you killed all the naiveté I had left.

 

Sashikala Premawardhane

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