When We Were Children

When we were children
We had so many days
We had all that time to do
What ever we pleased
And it was always pleasing
Even little upsets turned into
Flowers – nightfall – dainty gifts
Even stupid- ness was worth
The chasing – the making up
The kissing of sorry

When we were children you had such
A big house and
You always left the door open for me
I would run there after my chores and
Feel the handle before I reached it
It turned differently for me
For most, it did not turn at all
And I knew that
It gave me a tiara
It gave me a boat with
A bitty lake – my namesake
I lied in it with a jar of fireflies
And released them – slowly – counting

When we were children I lost you
I gave you up – I felt you change
And it stole me away
I ran far
But I missed you like – blowing dust off of a unique find
Like – old records left crackling at midnight

I wondered for so long if your door was unlocked
I thought on you -
Half wanting to try you again

But I never did and I eventually realized
I made the right decision
Because you can never get that back
We both changed, you didn’t know me -now
Anymore than I knew you

But recollections still made me smile like -
Best friend whispers – first time holding hands
Plans – surmising – throwing stars over the moon

And knowing that even if it doesn’t end up as planned
All that matters is how much it mattered
Back then

When we were children

When We Were Children


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