“Once upon a time there was a boy.
He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered and everything was possible.
A stick could be a sword.
A pebble could be a diamond.
A tree a castle.
Once upon a time there was a boy who lived in a house across the field from a girl who no longer exists.
They made up a thousand games.
She was Queen and he was King.
In the autumn light, her hair shone like a crown.
They collected the world in small handfuls.
When the sky grew dark they parted with leaves in their hair.
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”