‘When You Return’ (a Poem)

Remember leaves underfoot:
How they crackled and slid
Above displaced earth
During the autumn of innocence.

Remember the warmth of laughter:
How it felt to rise to your feet
In a much-loved café
To embrace an old friend.

Remember the wisdom in your elders’ eyes:
How their love lifted you
In every greeting exchanged,
Every memory shared,
Every clasp of their hand.

Remember your days of adventure
Your delight in the simple things
And the jokes that enlivened your days
For they still sit within your heart
And their songs are unbroken:
Awaiting your return.

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