No more guys and girls happily driving
open-air convertible cars on weekends,
free of seat belts tethering their bodies,
sweet winds swaying, fighting and playing
their loose hairs.
children walking on the streets to school,
carrying notebooks in their arms,
not in backpacks, not on buses.
young boys playing marbles in holes
they had dug on vacant lots near home,
their mates flying kites heavens above.
bicycling around only for pleasure,
without protective helmets and gloves.
family sitting on the front porch after dinner,
sharing the latest neighborhood news.
walking in the fields by night,
under tender and puissant the moonlight.
people greeting each other and sending good vibes,
even if they were unknown.
fresh milk bottles delivered home by the morning,
but milk boxes at immense supermarkets,
with sleepless cameras furtively watching over us.
letters, no business letters, no love letters,
only emails to be lost in cyberspace.
couples who face the difficulties of everyday life,
profess mutual and sincere one forgiveness,
respect the common oath once made,
so engendering true and honest a love.
parents, sons and daughters going out together at night,
carrying in common dreams, dramas and desires,
like a pack of wolves who have not learned to segregate.
growing, assembling and sharing rooms and lives around,
indifferent to some strange customs of those
who never knew to love and like themselves,
our children becoming children of all of us.
This poem and all others at this blog, authored by Edilson Afonso Ferreira ©