What Happened to Our Innocence?

Jack McCall, Writer

Oh,

How long has it been since

The biggest problem we had was the tips of our colored pencils snapping
When what happened after school was a trip to the swingsets?

Now, cigarettes replace the lollipops that were once in our mouths.

Going to the swingsets turned into going home and turning to the mountain of homework

Giving our parents hugs the second we got home has become walking briskly to our rooms and Shutting the door…

Shutting our hearts…

Shutting everything out…

What happened