I can't believe how much you've changed. You've grown in more than height.

Your eyes seem darker, wiser in a way I can't explain.

Your skin seems browner, older than an age you've yet to reach.

The smooth perfection of your face marred in a way words cannot speak.

A gentleness in your touch now, that had never been before.

A softness in your smile made and taught from past mistakes.

It's hard to believe how long your hair has grown, how the sun has stained it blonde.

There's a twinkle in your eyes with the tinkle of your laugh.

A magic in the way you speak draws every ear to your words.

And yet…

They're hollow and wistful. Your eyes haunted, sad.

Who are you? This carefully aged creation, grown in a way unnatural.

Words lacking heart, easily missed by untrained ears.

Movements speaking of restraint from natural flow.

I can't believe how much you've changed. You've grown in more than height.

You've grown away from you. Away from me.

I'll find you…Naruto.