I am the Hill
And I have seen everything.
I have seen a 5-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy stick the tongues out at each other as their parents made them play.
I have seen a 6-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy play baseball upon me.
I have seen a 7-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy play tag upon me.
I have seen an 8-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy climb a tall tree
And climb up to the highest branches
In hopes that they can find dandelion seeds in the clouds
and make a wish.
She would wish for love.
And he would wish for a best friend.
And both their wishes might have been granted.
But I have seen him fall from the highest branch of the tree
Trying to pick a flower for her.
I have seen her run to him.
And call his name with desperation in her voice.
And him patting her red hair.
Telling her that he'll be fine.
I have seen a 12-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl laughing together.
I have seen a 13-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy crying.
And a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl looking at the sunset.
I have seen everything.
They have both grown up. And I have seen it all.
I have seen them kiss on my bench.
I have seen them hold hands as they walk up upon me.
I have seen him arguing with another girl.
An argument that ended in a kiss.
But the first girl yelled at him.
I have seen her run from him.
I have seen him call for her.
I have seen him cry.
I have seen them avert gazes.
I have seen them look longingly at the sky.
I have seen them run to each other.
I have seen them kiss.
I have seen them get married.
I can't remember the clothes. All I can remember were the smiles.
I have seen their child walk upon me.
Her mother's red hair and her father's green eyes upon her.
I have seen their children walk upon me.
Three little angels sent from above. Two girls and one boy.
I have seen them having a picnic.
On a quilt with lovingly embroidered patches.
I have seen him walk out in a military uniform.
And their children cling to his legs with tears in their eyes.
The oldest trying to be brave.
I have seen her hold him close before letting him go.
But I haven't seen anything else.
Because he hasn't come back.
And she hasn't climbed upon me since.