Page by page, I venture forth
to a world that was unknown
to lands of mystery, with footprints old
where seeds of life were sown
where hopes and dreams, they did abound
and children laughed and played.
But times did change and fortunes failed
so few of many families stayed.
They gathered up their worldly goods
they kissed their kin goodbye
their faces crumbled with despair
their eyes were barely dry.
I've read these tales so many times
and yet, still, I am in awe
of the courage, bravery and inner strength
of all who dared look beyond the door.
(c) Crissouli Nov 1, 2014