When I Close My Eyes

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When I close my eyes, I go back in time

Holding my dad’s hand under the warm, yellow sun

To the piped-in scent of coconut and lime

On vacation years back at a casino with mom

Snowed in during the blizzard of 77′

I was so young but still can recall

Not being afraid for my parents were near

For they seemed so calm through it all

How I wish that they both were here now

What would they do, what would they say?

That our own safety and others are priority one?

That all we can do is abide and then pray?

When I close my eyes, I go back in time

And I’m a child again…

Trying hard not to panic…

But I am afraid…

And I wish that I could hold daddy’s strong hand once more

And I wish that I could gamble with mom and see her sweet smile

Though I’m glad that they’re safe now and don’t have to worry

Rushing to stores in a crazed, frenzied hurry

But, please, mom and dad

Send down your light

Please watch out for us

That we all might get through this alright

Love,

Merry