Could Have Been


Twas the dawning of the new,
where a seaside village grew.
Novice and native confused.
From each the other felt used.

Forests deep or oceans wide,
betwixt unknown where demons hide.
Hovels cluster to brave surrounds.
Perils beckon with all new sounds.

Ships multiply within the decade.
Promises broken to many made.
Seeds planted and families grown,
the first of the babes soon on their own.

One such named Sam while out to fetch wood,
kept up with his mom, best he could.
Yet he dallied about and lost his way,
the first of many an enlightening day.

Surrounded by darkness, Sam was afraid,
he awaited death from errors made.
The silence broken by crackling leaf,
eaten or captured will end his grief.

There in the moonlight to Sam’s surprise,
a scared young squaw was before his eyes.
Sam huddled close with his new friend Fawn.
They shared the warmth till the new day’s dawn.

Their words spoken with only a glance,
parting as friends made by chance.
Fawn pointed toward Sam’s pathway home.
He turned to thank her, yet she did roam.

Sam soon safe, years soon pass.
Herds dwindle, slaughtered in mass.
Danger dies when dangers burn,
for dreams of freedom we all yearn.

With hardy to fore, lessor the back,
Prey all around for the attack.
Muskets in hand to kill the beast,
the fallen a joy of an autumnal feast.

Alone in the wood, sun fading fast,
Sam’s in a daze lost in the past.
He sat and pondered without any fear,
recalling his Fawn, the little dear.

Thanks to her Sam’s here today,
assisting the ruin to make his way.
The silence broken by crackling leaf,
There stood his Fawn, ending his grief.

Sam rose in the moonlight reflecting her eyes.
Her pain carved deep by years of cries.
The pair ventured north, far as they could.
Their legend ends there; we’ll assume that’s good.

~*~

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