Surprising how far
the world has moved on
when i wasn’t looking…
while i was engaged
in a different world
beyond the horizon
beneath the stars
over the mountains and
across the seas
as the road and trees
sped past unseen

I return to find
the forest gone
the village vanished
the news is new
the folks’ve changed
their faces rough
their hands are coarse
li’l kids no more
innocence, returned
to the old and senile

A void where
the people were
the ones i knew
the ones who spoke
the ones who sang
the ones who fought
the ones who came
when it mattered,
when it really mattered.

Like a lightning bolt
in the darkest deep
blinding eyes
shocking senses
arrives the truth:
grabbing, clutching
never letting go
forward, always forward.
… Forward.