There was once a time when I knew the edges of space 
And there I stood at the gates belong to 
That which some would call heaven 

Though at that time I was, but a child 
And because of my innocence; I only knew ignorance

Even at that moment when I was prevalent with an ongoing lack of knowledge
My heart always perceived what was just 
But in the ages that I have come to know 
My thoughts have become stained with the horrors of the world 

Therefore, I took this innocence that I was once familiar with
And locked it away, so a part of me would remain forever pure and virtuous  
Yet I knew not that I had hid away the greatest gift 
That all souls perpetually hold

I understood nothing at that time 
And this may explain why I give up my heart to learn of my own exsitence 
Although now I have became empty again, 
For I have lost all sense of self, and all the knowledge that I possess seems vain 

…All but the piece of me that was properly disendowed 

Forsaken so long ago 
Was this light of a universal cosmic abyss 

A piece of paradise that has always remained so wisely naive
And one that I must now reclaim.

~ Tony Paradise's Poet ~

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