I have known the sorrow of parting
and the pain of hellos
sad summer meetings
accompanied by memories sadder still
lingering reminders of lost innocence,
betrayals and hurtful words.
But I long for those times again,
when everything was just beginning -
dreams were given birth to,
not pushed off to the side and given up,
and we were undefeated in all of our glory
Love could still save the day.
If only I could be innocent again,
secure in childlike ignorance.
Age has nothing to do with knowledge,
or with pain.
memories go on forever long after the reality is gone
I long for the innocence that was ripped away,
too soon, too fast.
where did it go in such a hurry?
I wish that I could change things
knowing now what I didn't know then
and pull the knife out of my still-bleeding heart
and forgive the unforgivable.
but I can't.
Carefree youth and innocence,
lost forever in a few short days
flown away with the birds of summer
I will never again have
what I did not understand then.
I understand now.
Sad to think that, not so long ago,
I was a child.
And I am only sixteen.
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