Life was not so simple,when we first began,
filled with love and togetherness is what our hearts sang;
the joy and happiness that we had
made nothing ever seem that sad;
struggling made us stronger,that was the original plan,
with heads held high as we walked upon the land
overcoming obstacles were exercises of the mind,
of all the creatures that were around
we knew we were one of a kind;
making pathways on the earth
we did this from our birth;
swimming in the ocean's Waters
was taught to our sons and daughters;
they did this just for fun,
lying on the sandy beaches soaking up the sun;
then a thought accurred to us laying there one day,
to explore every avenue that came across our way.
So we ventured outward over all the lands,
sharing new experiences, knowing life was grand;
wetland,dry land,dessert,and snow,
we saw it all and further we did go;
up the mountains, and over the hills,
pushing the boundaries gave us the thrills,
thoughts of "can't" and "could not do"
were words and meanings we never knew;
father and farther we did go
never accepting thoughts of "couldn't" or of "no";
so then one day we had to stop,
for before us was a mighty drop;
as far as we could see,
was a vast distance like a sea.
we couldn't see if land was over there,
just lots of clouds, and wind ,and air.
So, one chosen to take the chance,
the rest of us would stay and dance;
singing and dancing thru out the night,
giving love and support to his great flight;
a running start he did take,
with the attitude of:"Hey, a piece of cake";
as he dived into the skies,
all watched with cheering eyes,
farther and farther he did sail,
no one thought that he would fail;
On the far side he did finally land,
looked about and saw it was grand;
the joy and wonderment that he did see,
couldn't believe that it happened to he.
He had to share this with the others,
he'd go back and bring his sisters and brothers;
running off the cliff with glee,
looking straight ahead,for clouds were all you could see;
when he finally had returned,
he tried to tell what he learned;
everyone gathered and stood in awe,
they couldn't believe what they saw,
on his back was 2 golden rings,
protruding from them was 2 golden wings;
everyone was talking so fast,
until someone shouted:"wait a minute", at last.
everyone stopped and looked where it had come,
and there with her arms folded stood a small little one.
She didn't wait a single beat,
to announce that it all sounded ever so neat;
"we danced here as he went far away,
but, it's time to follow wouldn't you say."
everyone nodded their heads with glee,
for she was correct, this they all could see.
They all left everything that they had,
not thinking twice, not thinking sad;
stepping up to the cliff as one,
all did a running start and then it was done;
hand in hand,into thew air they did fly,
soaring thru clouds;"man what a great high"
on the other side they finally did land,
rejoicing together, still hand in hand.
What a great feeling they had shared,
so happy,because together they had dared;
the little ones were bubbling with joy,
to them this was better than a brand new toy;
they knew how to walk,they knew how to run,
but being able to fly, was the ultimate fun.
So, before anyone could tell them to wait or to stop,
they ran back to the cliff and took a big hop;
over the side they did go,
not sure how to fly,they were to young to know;
soon their parents were coming to their aid,
the worries and fears did rapidly fade;
once all together the families did fly,
up farther and farther into the sky.
They noticed the adults all had wings,
but the little ones only had 2 golden rings;
when they returned to the far side of the land,
all their belongings were laying in the sand.
Everyone hugged and gathered around,
for this was a new life together they found;
exploring the tree tops,mountains, and hills,
a whole new concept, that gave them thrills;
the little one practised jumping about,
hoping their wings would begin to sprout.
A new way of life had begun,
now all strived to reach the sun;
through the way of life was the same,
the concept of flying became a game;
they practised their stalls,loops, and dives,
these new principals were changing their lives;
higher and higher they wanted to go,
for what reason, no one did know.
They burned up energy faster than before,
they now needed a building, they'd call it a store.
So permanent structures began to rise,
for food, clothes, and other supplies.
The little ones were big and now able to fly,
with joy and excitement still in their eyes;
but the old old adults were tired and sore,
they knew in their hearts, they would fly no more.
So, carriages were made upon the ground,
places to sit,with devices that made wind sound.
You see many people had homes in the trees,
so they could hear the wind's silent breeze;
the old old were very happy of this,
for the wind sound gave a felling of bliss.
The old old then moved farther away,
"They had lost their wings"; is what some did say;
soon others moved out there as well,
to find new things to trade and sell.
After some time there were people everywhere,
riding in carriages and flying in the air.
The new young ones had to decide,
they could either fly, or they could ride;
"seems like everyone knew how to fly",
let's try something new, and said goodbye to the sky;
fewer and fewer were developing their wings,
soon many were born with having no rings;
in the towns and cities that they did go,
allot of doubts developed, don't you know.
Where to place a stop light on a busy thoroughfare?
What color should i dye my own hair?
How much food should my storage box hold?
What do i do when it got really cold?
Why is his carriage different than mine?
Where should i take my friends out to dine?
These were some of the questions that came,
in all the cities and towns it was the same;
people were doubting all kinds of things,
in towns and cities this is what it brings.
No longer having the need to explore,
they were more concerned about locking the door.
The thoughts and attitudes of "if I could",
were replaced with "when i get a vacation,then i would".
No one bothered looking into the sky,
seems they had no time to just wonder "why";
it finally happened, the wings were all gone,
marking an end of an era, where your heart had a song;
arguing and doubting now were all abound,
nobody realized why they were stuck on the ground;
faded memories inside of a dream,
thoughts of happiness,so it did seem.
A positive outlook waking each day,
like feeling the first drops of the sun's new ray,
full of love and happiness that your heart want to sing,
alas,........now it's just a memory of when we first had wings.