Once when I was lonely here
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I dug a hole to China land.
I dropped a line; you pulled it through
And sent it back to me again.
How could I have ever known,
That on the other side of time
across lands and skies unknown,
There was another soul like mine?
We talked long, long hours
About nothing at all
Knowing we couldn't be closer if
on the same side of this stone ball.
Every day when I woke up
I rushed through the work I had to do
I scrubbed each star, white-washed moon
Pressed the sky, and hung each up too.
But just as soon as I was through
I ran to the hole to call out to you.
I waited breathless to hear
if you were there to talk to.
But one strange day, When the moon was askew
I went out to that hole to call out to you
You called back, "I love you, I love you."
I staggered back not sure what to do.
From where I stood I looked up at the stars
The constellations seemed to form into bars
Then were blurred by tears azure blue
And crazy thoughts of me and you.
Don't you see? We're like fire flies,
Caught in different jars
With different shaped stars.
The stars in your sky
form into different scenes and
the Cuckoo in your clock long since gone
to dream her timeless dreams
The painting you started was beautiful
And seemed like so much fun
But you forgot the oceans of time
That no boat could ever outrun.
But happily ever after we will live
The lives we lived in our own lands
Just before that day I thought I was lonely
And dug that hole to China land
But never will I forget
the friend I found there
and the love we shared
and that desparate late night prayer.
Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness. -James Thurber