I thought childhood would last forever
But it does so only in memory.
It hit me in hindsight of sex and love,
With thoughts of the death allotted to me.
My childhood friend lost her life today.
She was one I shared innocence with
And a time that had nothing to do
With loss, determination or grit.
I thought then butterflies flew forever.
Animals were never shot down for fun.
I’ve grown up now and seen prejudice kill
And blinded hatred win life’s distance run.
Things are no longer coloured for me.
They’ve all turned a hazy shade of grey.
If only I could bring assurance back,
Or have a modicum of childhood stay.