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(For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a young girl standing next to an old sprawling tree in a park. There is an empty bench in front of her)
In years gone by, I’d stand and watch
People coming from time to time,
Family, friends, young and old,
Yet none of them were mine.
They’d sit and chat, have picnics too,
This shady place, somewhere to sit,
Happy hours were once shared here,
And I was lucky to be part of it.
Love and laughter, shouts and squeals,
Hugs and touching always,
Time have changed, it’s quiet now
Filled with lonely days.
A tender smile, a hand so small,
Warm, innocent and kind,
Alone she stands, talking to herself,
No-one before, no-one behind.
A child brings memories flooding back,
When my arms held cherished ones near,
Now I stand, an aging tree
Telling stories no-one will hear.