We would play, for hours in May,
anticipating the summer day,
those opportunities ahead that contained
no worries, no stress, no school remained.
I remember our time spent on the court
the roundball, and later building a fort
we camped in the woods across the fields,
we lived for all the beauty that nature yields.
I remember thinking the sun would last
forever as we our own artist’s sketch cast,
running through the day light hours with ease
only needing to answer with occasional pleas.
I remember thinking that nothing really bothered
me in my neighborhood, love was always preferred.
I recall knowing there was a life away from mine,
saw it on the news, the fights, the police siren whine.
They were fighting in the streets all of everyone
throwing bricks and callous names toward anyone
who seemed to be indifferent to wanting to love
we couldn’t ever the hate we felt rise above.
I was ten years old when I first experienced ugliness
I received only confusion to be the answer nonetheless
I kept thinking about all the things I cared about
and suddenly my love for distraction became devout
In the meantime though the sidewalks began to fill
with all the hopes and dreams of those who will
eventually want to know the same things I do,
the same freedoms, the similar romances to woo.
Yet there in the quiet night of a sunset on strife
we can all realize we’re the sole cause of this life