Where Innocence Lies

There is a place deep in the hills
With twisted roots and icy chillsWhere pine trees bow and their branches hang low
And a little girl’s boots trip in the snow
The little girl smiles and laughs away the world
One day she’ll outgrow where the wind once swirledThe trees will bend lower and the sky will grow dark
And the wrinkles on the girl will be just like the bark
The smiles grow weak and the laughs fall apart
And she’ll no longer have an innocent heart

Now instead of a laugh she only bears tears
And she’s being consumed by all of her fears
So she goes back to the woods and returns to the trees
And she still wanders here when she’s brought to her knees

by Ella (grade 7)


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