When I was young and free

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Oh winged  creature hued in rainbow light,
Fluttering at the edge of failing sight,
Held aloft upon the soft scented air,
Stirring jasmine and lilac growing there.

I knew you once when I was strong and young,
Frolicking with maidens in the golden sun,
I knew you when my heart beat wild and  free,
When blue skies and songbirds surrounded me.

Our springs and summers are not meant to last,
Now dim fading memories of a youthful past,
Night was always such a foreboding distant thing,
Never dreaming the sunset it would bring.

My windows curtained by an ocher gauze of time,
Separating each moment from a life sublime,
Gone the charm with which once I was blessed,
Flown away on the butterfly wings of happiness.

© 2010, Donald Harbour

8 thoughts on “When I was young and free

  1. A classical response to the happiness of youth. I’d rather like to think happiness of a different sort comes after.


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