Where have all the children gone?

Where have all the children gone?
the lonely playground

I miss the way they would run to me when they burst out the door
I miss hearing the stories and dancing to their song
I miss the way they were so ready to come and explore
Where have all the children gone?

I miss the way they hopped up and down eager for a ride
I miss the days their scribbles of art would just come alive
I miss the way they cheered as they ran in stride
Where have all the children gone?

I see them coming, I am hoping today is the day
that they can come out to play
but sadly, they just walk on by so silently,
heading straight inside and forgetting us again.

I miss scoring the winning pass
I miss the jumping and chanting and cheers
I miss the kickballs and games of chase
Where have all the children gone?

I miss the giggles that filled the air as they would climb high
I miss the way they gathered around to pick teams
I miss the rides that soared up to the sky
Where have all the children gone?

I miss the balls bouncing and the swish with each score
I miss the way they always said I was the best at hide and seek
I miss the sounds of happiness that we just couldn’t ignore
Where have all the children gone?

I hear the school bell ring and wait for recess to start
but we are left alone with our broken heart
I see them coming, but they head to the track
while we stay and beg for them to come back.

Where have all the children gone?

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