You were once like this—
you know—your visage radiating an exuberant gleam,
Your heart absorbing
the hugging rays of warmhearted ‘hello’s.
Your mind found droplets of inspiration
In the ephemeral titter of a neighboring child.
Your soul was fecund in this space
and its gregarious inhabitants were your sun.
But with time your roots withered
And now, as the corners of your cheeks
sprout. Everyone can see the arid bedrock
that lies beneath your beguiling glow