Tributaries

If it’s never ever forever ever
we’ll never ever know how far forever is,
ever.

When I was a child
I thought forever was as long
as the bars on the cot,
but it wasn’t and it’s not.

Older by some years
thinking
forever are the tears that flow
forever
is when the time goes slow
forever
is never ever forever
it only feels like it.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.