in-dependence

if I am dependent on another

where is independence

at birth I am dependent on another

for food, shelter, clothing

touch, security and safety

as I grow, am I to be become

more independent

able to tie my shoes

learn how to interact with others

learn responsibility

is that independence

what if I am not taught anything

and I fumble around alone

am I still independent

what if I am not given tools and skills

to lead off, to learn

does that make me independent

yet dependent

dependent on another to do for me

if they are not willing to teach, support

independence

if they are threatened by it

do I run away

fight away

drive away

are they dependent on me

to be dependent on them

does independence from them

hurt them

does it hurt me more

to be dependent

I think so

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