Remnants

Always running

Up the stairs,

To avoid the monsters

That lived in the basement.

Walking in circles

Around the house,

Watching the cat attack

The end of a string you carry.

Shrieking, laughing, shouting,

Late at night.

The neighbors won't hear.

They're too far away.

Wandering alone

In the woods.

Solitude and silence,

Were ever present, if wanted.

.

These are the things

I've left behind.

Memories created,

Remnants of the past.

Signs of a childhood

Things I will miss.

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Exploring, hiking, playing

There was never

A boring hour

Or wasted minute.

Gazing at the uncountable stars,

On a clear night,

And seeing the moon,

Lord of the Darkened Sky.

Coyotes howl as they hunt,

Crickets and frogs

Are heard in the ponds.

Deer nibble in the front yard.

.

These are the things

I've left behind.

Memories created,

Remnants of the past.

Signs of a childhood

Things I will miss.

.

Friendships cemented

Firmly by years

Of past laughs

And tears shed.

Time spent together

Playing games

Or simply sitting.

No words required,

A look sufficed.

Hugs that knock

You both off your feet.

An incredible closeness.

.

These are the things

I've left behind.

Memories created,

Remnants of the past.

Signs of a childhood

Things I will miss.