stray, the world was never too dirty for you
a societal soldier, world-worn and war-torn
staring up at the stars but that's as close as they get
and you can hope for all the galaxies you want
but god knows, we just don't have the technology yet
and stray, the sky's always falling for you
but as the years become layers and it's not that the prayers
stop working, but that you know enough not to ask
and the perpetual death and rebirth of the spark
of your fourteen year old phoenix girl self that grew up too fast
and you wish there were backspaces and mulligans for all the
times you didn't live so your soul was bursting from your
sometimes-painfully-obvious seams
though if asked, you'd smile and say you regret nothing
because that's what people are supposed to say in
free-thinking generations like these

and i wish i could own myself
like how my father owns my cheekbones
or how my lover owns my tears
and i wish i could carry myself
like how my mother carried me in her womb:
gently. gently. gently.

Stray (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Strayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Straying.] [OF. estraier, estraer, to stray, or as adj., stray, fr. (assumed) L. stratarius roving the streets, fr. L. strata (sc. via) a paved road. See Street, and Stray, a.]


To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.

Thames among the wanton valleys strays. Denham.


To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.

Now, until the break of day, Through this house each fairy stray. Shak.

A sheep doth very often stray. Shak.


Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.

We have erred and strayed from thy ways. of Com. Prayer.

While meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray. Cowper.

Syn. -- To deviate; err; swerve; rove; roam; wander.


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Stray, v. t.

To cause to stray.




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Stray, a. [Cf. OF. estrai'e, p.p. of estraier. See Stray, v. i., and cf. Astray, Estray.]

Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep.

Stray line Naut., that portion of the log line which is veered from the reel to allow the chip to get clear of the stern eddies before the glass is turned. -- Stray mark Naut., the mark indicating the end of the stray line.


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Stray, n.


Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively.

Seeing him wander about, I took him up for a stray. Dryden.


The act of wandering or going astray.




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