Thursday, November 5, 2009

Yesterday, when i was young

Yesterday when I was young
the taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue..
I teased at life as if it were a foolish game,
the way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame..
The thousand dreams I dreamed,
the splendid things I planned.....
I always built alas on weak and shifting sand..
I lived by night and shunned the naked light of the day
and only now I see how the years ran away..

Yesterday when I was young
so many happy songs were waiting to be sung,
so many wayward pleasures lay in store for me
and so much pain my dazzled eyes refused to see..
I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out,
I never stopped to think what life was all about
and every conversation I can now recall
concerned itself with me and nothing else at all..

Yesterday the moon was blue
and every crazy day brought something new to do..
I used my magic age as if it were a wand
and never saw the waste and emptiness beyond..
The game of love I played with arrogance and pride
and every flame I lit too quickly quickly died..
The friends I made all seemed somehow to drift away
and only I am left on stage to end the play..
There are so many songs in me that won't be sung,
I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue..
The time has come for me to pay for yesterday when I was young..

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