ONCE UPON A TIME
From the beginning, years/have been love letters/to things that disappear/and remain. --- From “Two Thousand and….” by Hannah Stephenson, The Storialist, o6-28-11
Once upon a time: is a slumber line if any,
unlike lullabies that now use the F word.*
Once upon a time: was a trigger to fantasy
about frogs and princes, fairies and trolls.
“Once upon a time” has yet to be edited
out of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Bellows.
Once upon a time: that, too, has come back
to all our versions of the incarnated Word.
Once upon a time the world was simpler
than we know. That was once upon a time.
But our milestones were once upon a time
marks of how far we have rolled millstones
farther away from what once upon a time
were the jumping cliffs of self-immolation.
We will move on, but leave our footprints
where we were happy once upon a time.
---Albert B. Casuga
*Have you come across Samuel Jackson’s reading of “Go the F*** to Sleep! “? Google it. It has broken You Tube hit records. In our time.