i remember a more tranquil world,
of grassy hummocks and neat tamed lawns,
lazy clouds and flags unfurled,
upright backs 'midst hard-earned yawns
i remember a more tranquil beat
people cared how others fared
there was laughter in the street
there was joy as bread was shared
i remember a world relaxed
uncreased brows, a world untaxed,
tuppence bought a pint of beer
camaraderie and heart-felt cheer
in the bustle at the airports,
in the stations underground,
queuing, handing tickets, passports,
there were humans all around,
somehow feelings were more simple,
******, purer and untouched,
like the soft skin of a dimple
of the smile i miss so much.
yes, i remember a world serene
people cared how others fared,
there were smiles to be seen,
but now that scene has gone and been.
is my memory playing tricks
a child's impression of Lego bricks?
was the world a different place
or was it always a big rat-race?
or perhaps today there's still grace
behind the neons and plastic face,
scratch away the false surface
morals 'n manners will surface.
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