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Aging Childhood Dream

Oh, that I could leap and run,
And frolic child-like in the sun,
But brittle are my aging bones,
With, somewhat flabby muscle tones.
 
 So, in my body I must stay---
 In the present---in today,
 But, in my mind, I'll frolic, still,
 Across the meadow and up the hill,
 
Through the woods, beside the stream---
In my aging childhood dream.
Thus, I will never stop until
In death, my mind lies mute and still.
 
  By L. B. Strawn
  September 28, 1984