Many a time a conscious mind willingly went astray,
into the woods of vivid colors and mysterious sensations.
Many memories survive of the times when smiles were wide,
The air so dense and murky, rain clouds wondered what we were up to.
‘Regret-me-not, forget-me-not’ is the protocol I put on these good times I recall,
but all-in-all, the realm we call ‘reality’,
on its baseline,‘au natural’ level is what I most currently enjoy.
I have a large cache of long-term recollections, fueling introspection toward the past,
but looking back on the few late nights in recent days, long since my change of ways
I see the best of times depend on the ‘who’ around me;
the ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ matter far less in retrospect.
I now celebrate sobriety in my own mind, quietly.
I’ve learned that good company matters more than something to ingest or breathe in;
it’s not cool to me anymore.