I once

I once flowed like a river,
slow and steady.
Now I flow like a flood,
faster and overran.

I once bloomed like a lovely rose,
perfumed and thorny.
Now I bloom like a weed,
fast and overgrown.

I once slept like a baby,
quite and cute.
Now I sleep like the sun,
none and I still have time to rise.

I once learned like a school girl,
engaged and willing.
Now I learn like a grown lady,
willing and ready.

Amanda Shelton