You truly have to dive in
if you want something different.
Gainesville doesn’t care if you stay here forever.
You’ll become a regular everywhere.
leashed to this 15-mile – if that – radius.
You’ll get to know everything
except the new students that roll in and out.
But then they’ll leave,
And be, like you,
another leash-ed regular.
It’s not a sentence.
I mean, ultimately you’re free.
This is like the summer camp you never want to leave.
Even though seasons are changing
and you’re getting older
and you’ve probably lost your crappy job 3 times,
and found another crappy job to keep you grounded.
It feels like your rooted.
But you were somewhere before you came here.
You probably felt like something, too.
If you ever want to feel that way again
you must truly dive in.
Or stick around long enough
and become one of the cool kids.