I feel the whispers of a time
Brush past as faint as gossamer...
I hear some voices calling out
And hear my youthful voice call back...
When I was young, a child still,
I felt the breeze caress my soul
Of days that felt a careless joy
Untouched by complicated thoughts.
When we were kids and dreamed of how
Once we grew up we'd stay awake
Past bedtimes that our parents made
And then we'd play until we dropped
All the games we knew and loved.
We dreamed of futures holding hands
And eating all the sweets we could,
Of never, ever, parting ways
And staying friends through pinky swears
That we would never fall apart.
And once we all grew rich and strong
We'd dine on burgers, pizza, fries,
With ice cream as the fine dessert
With any other treat we wished!
We'd eat, and laugh, and play some games
And still our hearts and minds would soar
To magic lands inside our heads
Where bad was bad and right was right.
We always dreamed about those days
And always felt we'd never part.
We always talked on simple things,
Like who we'd marry that we knew,
And speculate upon the kids
The stork would bring us in some way.
We rolled down grassy hills for fun
Amidst the giggles as we spun
And later wondered why we itched...
But that, to us, still mattered little.
Our feelings knew no complex terms,
Only anger, fear, or joy, or sorrow...
Just love and hate, no in between.
And even now I dream of then,
The times when we had dreamed of now,
And wished those simple dreams were true,
Not lost or given up.
For like our toys, we let them go,
And now we don't know where they are.
And even should we meet again
We know that things are not the same.
For who we are betrays the time
When we had simply wished the best,
We cannot be who once we were
We all must grow and change our course.
It's only now, when it's too late,
I turn around to grab the hand
Of all those times to bring them back,
But all I grasp are memories.
Sometimes I think I hear her laugh,
Or see his grin with baby teeth,
I see us sneaking in the night
For midnight snacks we didn't need.
I see us running, hand in hand,
Careening through a grassy park,
And I feel the joy inside me
From the friends I'll never leave.
Now I dwell upon those bygone days
And tears well up inside my heart
For one cannot return to hours
That have already been spent.
Still their laughter echoes through my soul
As I breathe a sigh into the past.
Things cannot be the way they were,
This single fact I cannot change.
I can't help but wonder how different things would be
If I could shape the world with dreams and memories.