Hard Times


once upon a time,
before I felt so old,
and soldiers roamed the earth,
I used to feel the sun
warm upon my face,
fragrant in the leaves,
sweet upon my lips,
bright within your eyes.

Once I walked beneath
an azure field of stars.

now in corridors,
crevices, and cracks,
I feel your dormouse hearts
pounding in my veins.

How I love you all.