Far away the children play In a world shrouded in innocence. Let them play— And learn to deal with life. Today we play With life and love As pawns on a chessboard. We forget innocence In our ever thickening shell Of fear Of our fellow man; Yet knowing we must live together On the island earth. Far away the children play, As we introduce night into day. Let them play— Without the fears we have constructed Through the years, And the loves we have shattered With life’s tears. Far away the children play— Feeling the sun and its warmth today, While reaching for cloudless skies With only innocence in their eyes.