I remember a time when each day was long,
When the world was a playground and my life a song,
And I fluttered through years with barely a care,
Ignoring the future and what waited there.
School was intriging and filled with delights,
I played away days and dreamed away nights,
My parents assured me I had nothing to fear,
And that no matter what happened, they'd always be there.
Little I knew of a world outside of home,
Where tradegy, sorrow, and murder could roam,
All I saw were blue skies, rainbows, and stars,
I looked past destruction of buildings and cars.
As a child, my biggest concern was just me,
I had to be happy, I had to be free,
And if I was content, I would not shed a tear,
And no matter what happened, I still would be here.
But as I grow up, darkness starts to set in,
My bright world has turned into concrete and tin,
I now see the violence I looked past before,
My friends start to die and my heart hits the floor.
Deadly diseases claim people I love,
There are landfills below me, pollution above,
I often think back to when life was a game,
But, no matter what happens, it can't all be the same.
There are days when I just want to break down and howl,
To give up completely, to throw in the towel,
But I hold my head high and push my way through,
I have too much to give and so much to do.
And I make a vow that, though it'll be hard,
I'll go on with a smile and play every card,
I'll give all I can, help others, and love,
No matter what happens, life will bloom again,
And the strength I don't have will come from above.
So come, take my hand, and through darkness we will sail-
If we all join together, we never can fail,
We'll remember to care, remember to feel,
And no matter what happens, our world will heal.
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