Regret (inspired by dystopian fiction)

Tell me how to live
When it's safe to open my eyes
If the sun has escaped the cloudy skies
And shines once more on the heartland
Where the shadows won't stay still
Where the fences keep the savage out
And keep the ignorant from getting out
The trees and houses all look the same
The roads and children have no names
And wandering water is wondered at
In the heartland, where the night creeps in solemnly
It's face all blackened by debris
There are no stars anymore
They have all been burnt away
By crude, stinking smoke and decay
The day, more or less grey
And faces, often pale
And restless feet on tired legs
Too old to move, too young to sleep
Souls that yearn to be released
To beyond, but dark awaits
Never knowing another fate.