Treasure Island

Christopher Tye

(Lincolnshire, England)

An Ode to Youth


An Ode to Youth

Oh youth where did you go?
Oh youth why did your days have to end?
Oh youth what happened to your energy?
Oh youth why did you forsake me so soon?

I long to be back in your arms again,
I long to see your endless springs again,
I long to see your endless summers again,
I long for those dim distant times again.

What happened to your endless spring?
What happened to your endless summers?
What happened to your optimism?
What happened to your boundless Joy?

I long to be back in your arms again,
I long to see your endless springs again,
I long to see your endless summers again,
I long for those dim distant times again.

Where did all that exuberance go?
Where did all the dreams go?
Where did all the hope go?
Where did all the freedom go?

I long to be back in your arms again,
I long to see your endless springs again,
I long to see your endless summers again,
I long for those dim distant times again.

Why does youth have to be so fleeting?
Why do we have to go up and be responsible?
Why do we have to grow old?
Why does death have to be the end of youth?

I long to be back in your arms again,
I long to see your endless springs again,
I long to see your endless summers again,
I long for those dim distant times again.

I long to be young again,
To have no great problems weighing me down,
To have enough energy to keep fighting,
To have no fear of my oppressors.

I long to be back in your arms again,
I long to see your endless springs again,
I long to see your endless summers again,
I long for those dim distant times again.

But my youth has deserted me many years ago,
All I have to look forward to is death,
For in death I will be young again,
In death I shall give new life a change to grow.

I long to be back in your arms again,
I long to see your endless springs again,
I long to see your endless summers again,
I long for those dim distant times again.

We will always be young in the corners of our minds,
In our minds we will always be young if we remember to be,
For youth is a state of mind not the age of our bodies,
For youth will be forever young.

By Christopher Tye

Submitted: Thursday, June 21, 2012

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