Acquaintance is Insufficient

I tried to swallow as many as I could,
the lessons imparted to me
from sages of acquaintance.

Acquaintance is insufficient -
these men owned my development,
shaped my character,
kicked me out of the nest -
required me to fly,
mended broken places,
clipped my wings
as I ventured too far too fast
in fits of adolescent ambition,
lacking proper coordinates
of roll, pitch, gaz, and barbaric yawp.  


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