I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true.
Yet still I remember using forever, forever when thinking of you.
‘Cause you promised me summer would come back around, every year –
and you’d never, ever, forget me, old bear.
But sometimes the winters got just too long, and I sort of forgot –
And I dropped a few things along the way…
things that you sought.
Because you found me again, and you held out your hand:
“You, it seems – you’ve lost your muchness – so come back to wonderland.”
Then you promised adventure and dancing, and treacle too
so I followed you
until I outgrew that land, and all it had
perhaps too fast.
Wandered alone a few miles
and things turned gray for a while
Until – I stumbled out my door onto the road
That asked to lead me home
back to you
Because now you promised starlight; you promised song
Now you promised me a reason to go on.
And you always knew what was in my soul
and you taught me all I need to know:
“Never laugh at live dragons” you said
and because I’d never seen one, I believed
you told me to follow the setting sun; and you taught me the songs of the stars and the trees.
And when I asked, “where are the mountains?
Where is my there, and back again?”
And no answer came, and I was angry, and I thought you’d broken your word
because the moonlight wavered
And was cold.
And I came to you crying and I said
“Where is the dragon? Where are the answers? Where is the untrodden path?”
And finally you turned and said
“My girl, I never promised that.”
So now it’s left to me, to pick up all the threads
and begin again
But not the same; not unchanged;
And not alone. Never.
Since you were with me every day, and will be
Quotes by A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, and J. R. R. Tolkien
Picture by Alan Lee
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