There must be time

I returned and there he was, an old friend, welcoming me with a smile.

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He took me through paths I had walked before.

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Up to places I had already seen;

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Places I’ve spent among friends, now grown tall.

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I saw the sun set over lands I’ve once called home.

“The geography is the same, but the trees are taller”, he explained to me.

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So was I, as I saw my reflection in Glenshea Street.

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I was back to the house up in the hill.

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And there she was, cheerfully annoucing dinner, just as I remember.

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But time brought also new souls to these grounds.

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And these shall also grow tall, as another ten years pass by.

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With time, the children will no longer play in the pool;

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The hidden penguin will abandon his nest;

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the fences will grow liquens…

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But we have time for one last ride around, don’t we?

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And certainly there’s time to chat with those old friends.

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There’s time to see what time brought them, too;

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and to one more swim at the Waihou River.

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and there must be time to enter the void,

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and emerge on the other end.

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There will be time to walk to the shore

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OA6A4532There will be time…

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to collect time.

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