Gone Grey

bydemure101©

There was a time - there were a lot of times
when foolishly I though I would avoid
life's pains and pitfalls if I could but make

my private world within the garden wall
that drowned all intimations of the wrold
outside: my territory, my stronghold, far

from base intentions and the jealous hands
that wring your hours. Then I still believed
because I never thought. Instinctively

I shrank from reason and I stayed away
from anything untoward. I'd not hear
the wind nor feel the rain, and shut my eyes

to keep things rosy - till I woke to find
dull alternations of drear browns and greys
prevailing colours of my adult days.

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