Can I have my childhood back?
I still have mountains to climb,
And creeks to swim in .
I wanted to play some more in the rain ,
And kick in the slush muddier.
I missed to make friends with some of ‘em I met on the way,
I forgot to pick some more fights with those I played with .
There are fantasies yet to be shared with wide eyed mates,
And some more adventures to plan during lazy afternoons.
Should have fallen and broken my skin some more,
So there could be more scars to show off from childhood games.
There are still more rainbows to follow with eyes lost to the skies,
Umpteen butterflies to mumble to, as they twittered uncaringly,
Some more flowers to gaze wide upon with admiration
Some more curious fishes in the pond I am yet to touch.
Tantrums and sulks a few more for my hunger for attention
I know some more stuff to show off to the younger kids
Walls yet to be etched with crude pencil and chalks
Stones to be flung farther off into the muddy pond
There are still tiny lotus blooms in there
To be worn around the neck, with their long stalks
Stories from my granny to listen to
There sure must be more tales of the kings and their battles.
Treasure troves of good things still hidden from me
Too precious, all of them, to let go
Can I have my childhood back please?
For I still have mountains to climb
And some more creeks to swim in …