Years ago, I was a different soul,
Unbound by aging’s wretched toll,
Years ago, hope was in the stars,
Not behind a school’s gray bars.
I used to hang out on the balcony,
Captivated by astronomy,
Minutes in the winter spent,
Hours under summer’s tent.
I no longer appreciate
What I did in that wistful state,
I’ve forgotten the wishes I have made,
Forgotten the prayers that I have prayed.
Extract from me a decade’s worth,
Allow my soul a child’s rebirth,
Remove the harshness of this realm
Plug in innocence, overwhelm.
Look around you, it’s never been gone,
Just hiding, just lost, just self-withdrawn,
Set it free, let it run and feel the freshness of the sea,
Set it free, uncover it from the city’s cruel debris.
Why, why, why, am I playing this game?
Open myself, open my eyes, to nature’s acclaim.