Oh, it all had to come about the way it came to be
That hopes and roses withered
That, like boats, the years left me
Left and faded away
That, like we would part at night
So many friends forever were lost
The place where as a child I grew
One afternoon I left behind
The pretty, simple girls – oh loves! –
Life was to take away – dance whirl
Even the pain, once fragrant,
Was to bear barren upon me.
All of it had to happen. Only the night
Wasn’t to be so sweet
The stars there blinking like eyes
As if laughing at me.