Jeffrey Lee

When I Was A Child... - Poem by Jeffrey Lee

When I was a child, young and small, the world was black and white.
Friends and strangers came and went like a child flipping through a picture book.
Sometimes I would find one face that stood out from all the rest,
But the pages would just keep on flipping, and they were lost all the same.

When I was a child, young and small, my life was just a dream
Everyday I would wake up and have fun, fear, anger, and love
And tomorrow was just another day, like so many that lay before
And yesterdays were so few that they all just seemed like harmless dreams

When I was a child, young and small, the grass was always green
The sky was blue and the clouds were white, and the sun a crayon yellow
People were people, and the whole world was just my backyard
Everything was as it seemed, Everything was as it seemed

When I was a child, young and small, The world began to grow.
With each new day it grew some more, and the world was more than it seemed
The grass was no longer green, but now it was a yellow-green, a sickly green
People were no longer people, they were strangers, or they were friends

When I was a child, young and small, The world became a darker place
Black and white is now just two sides of the same coin
Flipping back and forth, back and forth, until both sides are just grey
The grass is no longer green, the sky no longer blue, and the world is just a darker place

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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