Once Upon a Time

It sits in hard, smooth splendor


There was a face here






The wisdom of years and years


Shriveled down to a compact plastic


There were emotions swimming in irises here






The tide of life rushed in and out


Forward and back


Failure and triumph have entered and fled


Sound visited these hollow hills here






A dream sprouted and prospered in these coils


Another rotted and died


A tired mother stroked this hard, white brow


Love and forgiveness filled these sockets


An air of worry wandered these barren corridors here






Rivers forged their way down undiscovered channels


Sickness coated this cavity


Joy dwelt in corners where


Only the wind now roams


And nourishment was a frequent visitor


Thoughts took shape here in this cave of pale dust






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