At first there were flowers And then there were none At first there was love Then it was all gone At first there was darkness And then there was light At first there was peace And then began trouble and strife. At first I was proud And then I was scared At first I was loud And then only sat and I stared. At first I was dirty With the nightingale's song Then I stood under the shower While my heart stuttered and longed! At first I thought that I might like the test To pit myself against a riddle And find the treasure in the chest. Then I realized everything was cursed With the Original Knowledge Set out in that old starting verse . . . That said at first there was darkness And then there was only some At first there was nothing Not even the sun Only the thought that floated Up way on high Singing I am what I am and what I am Is the Eye! Somewhere below the shadows Of the moon Somewhere where all hearts do swoon Somewhere under the branches of a tree Sits a reverse double blind negative of me Watching the children play summer's games Where the water meets the the shore Of a sweet perfect day. I hope to get back there, to that happy scene And plant myself some happiness And drive away winter's solitary scream. At first there were flowers, And then there were none At first there was joy And then all the joy was gone At first I thought I might find Myself some peace Then I realized I was hidden under The Ram's golden fleece. At first there were flowers And then there were none I sacrificed their petals To the burden of the sun.