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Before signals and symbols, before Labor or Liberal
Before gadgets and gizmos, life was stable and simple

Before calories, before capillaries
Before capacities and capabilities

Before it mattered whether the roads are wet
Before moisturiser, makeup and deodorant

Before anthrax and trans fats and melanoma
Before “after midnight”, before drunk or sober

Before responsibilities that come with conditions
Before we learnt all those words ending in “ism”

Before we had patience, before climate changes
Ages before empty praises and wages

Before gay or straight; emo, punk, metal or goth
Before we grew facial hair, let alone shaved it off

Before we cared about children starving in Ethiopia
Before acne, sinus, reflux and myopia

Before PhD, before VCE
Before ATMs, BO and being PC

Before cars and careers, religion and doubt
Back when we thought welcomes didn’t wear out

Before we could drive, and the drive to succeed
Before dollars and hours, and how many we need

Before calculus, before sums were equations
Before moderation, before compensation

Before health insurance, bank accounts and investments
Before we learnt it’s not always best to ask questions

Before we knew about Hitler, Stalin and Mao
When we’d seen people kissing but before we knew how

Before tears could be swallowed, before smiles could be hollow
Before there was nuance to excitement and sorrow

Before dating and diets and dissatisfaction
Before factions and fractions and this season’s fashion

Before we could gossip, vote or paint up our eyes
And stress about bald spots or cellulite thighs

Before we knew heartbreak or carried a phone
Before it ever occurred that one day we’d leave home

How we longed for adulthood and all its adventures
Before we knew childhood was so brief and so precious.



Joined February 2010

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Artist's Description

I’m glad I’m not a child any more. Now I can eat ice cream for lunch, and peer at the pets in the pet shop for as long as I want.

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