by Valerie Parente
I would like to be happy like we were before
back when it was easier
because it’s been the end of the world
for one long year that felt like more.
I think we all lost
the innocence we once wore
back when we didn’t have to hide out of sight.
And I think we all forgot
what we used to fight for
back when we didn’t have to fight for our life.
And I don’t know if we were happier before
but it sure was easier
back when we didn’t know better
and our bad times didn’t feel like forever.
When your life was narrowed down
what did you sacrifice?
When you had to rethink your path
what became your priority?
When you thought it was the end of the world
who did you think of?
No we won’t be happy like we were before
but we’ll sure feel its worth
and when we smile again
despite all our stress
we’ll all feel a truer form of happiness.
– Valerie Parente (12-31-2020)