to the lava fields
and quicksand quagmires
that we had to avoid as kids
while playing in the woods behind our house?
And what became of the ninjas
who lived in those woods?
Who’s fighting them now?
Are the land mines still there?
Who’s making bow and arrows
from the wild cherry saplings?
Our swords are hidden in the tree house
but if you go there be wary of swamp gas,
and watch out for the zombies who
inhabit the hidden cave behind the waterfall.
Who’s protecting the village from the dragons
or have all our childhood enemies
been replaced by video games?