CHILDREN OF THE WILD
The birds, they wake me up,
Music, of birdcalls, butterflies and sunshine,
The night before, a wonder forgotten,
For the day holds something new.
Out of bed I bound,
All tingly, laughing and happy,
And though I have chores to do,
The day’s magic awaits.
Hey presto, breakfast is done,
Dishes done, rooms cleaned,
And now comes what I love,
My time in the forest.
Larry, Sally, Mandy and Suzy,
My own family of lions,
Frightful cats they are, people say,
To me, they are my brother and sisters.
And so across the savanna, through the forest, we run, we play,
Just like we did yesterday,
And the day before, and the day before,
Countless days gone by.
The stream that runs by our house,
The ropy vines,
The birds and butterflies,
The canopy of the sun.
We play all through the day,
Chasing the birds and sunlight,
At night their fur is my warmth,
As I lay beneath the stars and watch the fireflies.
Now I have to go to school,
‘Cos Mama says so,
Papa says it will help me,
In the days to come.
And so I leave my family in the wild,
I am sad to leave them every day,
The uncried tears in their eyes,
Haunt me in the hallways.
And so it has passed,
A week, a month, a year, and then some,
And unknowingly I learn,
Time is an unforgiving sprinter that waits for none.
For now, I have to leave,
To a big school in the city,
Away from this place I call home,
To a place Papa has picked for me.
I pack the last box into the truck,
Papa is still eating inside,
And then I turn,
I can hear my family call to me, one last time.
And so I run,
Into the coolness of the forest,
Shades last seen long ago but not forgotten,
My refuge, my home.
And here I kneel,
My hands in the grass where we laid,
My tears like rain,
Memories of days gone by.
And so I sing,
I sing our favourite song in their memory,
We will always be together,
For we are children of the wild.
Inspired by the amazing song ‘Bronte’ by Gotye.