'Fishing For Time' : A Life Circle and Poem of Hope: About Kids and The Elderly Sharing Experiences.

A Circle of Life from Old Wisdom to a Young Heart.

Young Hope links to Old Hope.

Life Circles: Poems of Hope: About Fishing for Time by Pearldiver, always moving forward from its source; we are that source. There are many times that are special to a child starting out their journey of life. One of life’s full circles occurs when those young steps are taken in the company of a grandparent, whose precious wisdom is shared with the child. Fishing for Time; is a poem of hope. It is about the hope that we have for a child learning from the passing on of the generations of knowledge and wisdom; that hopefully we have ourselves, also learned from.

We are truly blessed when our lessons come from those who have experienced their lives; their way; so that we may be enriched in our life; with the hope that eventually we have the opportunity, to pass on that enrichment. Through changing times and generations, this one thing should never be wasted or lost. Time spent between the generations creates special times in which a life circle moves forward and provides a mutual hope of happiness and sense of purpose. Enjoy this visual story of such a situation; About Fishing for Time; first in the series of Life Circles.

Remember the shark we saw.

It's the simple things count.

Life frames in a blink.

Fishing for Time.


Granddad why is your face so old?

Were your wrinkles made by the sun

You tell the bestest stories I’ve been told

Can we go fishing; we’ll have real good fun

ooOoo

Granddad can we catch seahorses too

Will you tell me stories about the war

We might catch a whale, as big as you

Remember the monstersharkwe saw

ooOoo

This was a time of learning for the boy

He always cherished special time this way

The distant wharf gave him a sense of joy

Best friends ambled; towards another special day

ooOoo

This was a time of reflection for an old man

A time to pass on wisdom to an eager ear

With time, his belonging grew; to more than just his fan

Shared lunch and degrees of hope; reason to be there

ooOoo

So my boy, don’t look at me as an old man

These are lines of my experience that you see

I live to tell you of my life and how to be, all that you can

In this way, in your life; you’ll become far wiser than me

ooOoo

In time you will see change in many unknown ways

Never forget what you learn today or about the past

Where ever this life takes you; you’ll see many happy days

And when my grandson goes fishing; his memories will last

ooOoo

When I shut my eyes; I see life events within a frame

Each picture shows me that I’m young and strong

Visual snapshots of my yesterdays; show time is not so tame

Time flies: Tempest Fugit; a reminder; that life is not so long

ooOoo

Frames of life in a blink.

People are like the stars.

There are many frames you have yet to see

You know, lines will form on your face as well

A montage of times like this and those yet to be

Lines will show your grandson the stories you can tell

ooOoo

Now, are you going to catch that fish biting on your bait

Or just give him a free feed to help him grow

Granddad, I remember you taught me how to wait

You’re funny Granddad; I’m listening don’t you know

ooOoo

You know son, I’ve seen a lot of hatred in my years

It’s caused by not understanding our fellow man

People are like the stars; all have hopes and fears

So try to understand people; make it part of your life plan

ooOoo

I’m sorry son, I talk too much; I should be quiet when we fish

No Granddad I like to listen too much, don’t you know

That way I hear the birds, saying all the things they wish

Granddad I know from the clouds, if the wind is going to blow

ooOoo

Look the gannets are fishing too; diving from the sky

They have good eyesight to see the fish far below

Skimming just above the waves; amazing how they fly

Too few special days like this; where do our years go

ooOoo

So when you take your grandson down to the sea

Son, make sure you share special days, just like we do

Your furrowed brow he’ll ask of; you tell him it came from me

Tell him we’ve shared hope and give him; the love I have of you.

oooooOOooooo


© Copyright 2009 - 2012 Pearldiver nzpol with all rights reserved.


Passing on from old to new. - Life.

More than Love, Hope and Time.
More than Love, Hope and Time.

Take the time to take time.

Sadly in western culture we have lost the true purpose and meaning of having elderly family members. In this respect, we have also done an injustice to those, whom without, we would not have gained this precious thing we call life. So often the elderly have lost the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and wisdom, to the newer members of a family. In that way, the most important family history and it's relevance, is also lost. We are poorer for the loss.

We forget that one day, we too will reach the sunset of our lives. For many reasons, many tend to not see how quickly our children grow and our grandparents leave us. So many cultures understand and support those special relationships between the young and old. In that way, wisdom is preserved and developed.

Stand back and watch, what happens when those two generations spend time together. If you are unfortunate in not having access to the wisdom of the elderly in your life; then take the time to learn from an elderly person, who has no family. The first lesson you will learn is; that you can never listen too much. You may also find that you have helped another person to complete a life circle that they may never have achieved, without you. I hope that you have enjoyed Life Circles: Poems of Hope: About Fishing for Time. Below are links to more works in the Life Circles series. Enjoy.

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© Copyright 2009 - 2012 Pearldiver nzpol with all rights reserved.

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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

So true Pearldiver! Wise words indeed.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Charming poem. Thanks.


poetlorraine 6 years ago

that was refreshingly lovely. Parents and grandparents that spend no time with their children miss out on so much


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi TP, Thanks for reading this. It is that time of year when these things don't happen for many. Take care. Have a great Xmas.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Alek, thanks for reading and your comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Have a great Xmas. Take Care.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Brenda, Thank you for your comments and for enjoying this work. You are quite right and it's a sad fact that the loss can never be replaced. Take Care.. Have a great Xmas.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hmmm, you talked too much, hhmmm Mr Rob, this is an awesome hub, I like this very much as I adore children and how they interact with their parents or grandparents. Knowledge which are passed to one generation to the next is one way of enriching the next in line so to speak or the other generation.

I love your poem and it shows bonding and love too, the exchange of words is very nice, Maita


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Very poignant Pearldiver - loved it - and you are a wonderful poet! In India, the old are still listened to, looked after and respected to a large extent - but the times they are a changing - and it's sad how the the ties are breaking. Like you, I feel some of children's best moments are when they are with the elders in the family, listening or sharing the silence. Thank you for a wonderful hub!


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Rob...Beautifully expressed, my friend...Yes, they are a captive audience when fishing with them...I did much the same with my son, only we played 18 holes of golf, so I had him " captive " for four hours....amazing what comes out, from both of us, during those four hours...Thank you for this...Larry


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Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

It's not only the children that are enriched when spending time with grandparents. Your life takes on a new dimension when you take time out to spend with your grandchildren. You are reminded of carefree innocence and unconditional love once again. It is rejuvenating and priceless. The best time of our lives are those spent with our grandchildren!

Thanks for sharing your poem!


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tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

wonderful poem, full of wise words !thanks !! :)


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Maita, Thanks for reading this and your comments; but no this was not about me or talking too much; which as you know I do hahaha. It's more about how easy it is to communicate when a common interest is developed. The older usually has that power to set it in place; but must let the younger suggest it to be their idea. Take care and have a great Xmas Maita.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Shalini, Thank you for reading and your excellent comments. It will be sad to see those days change in India or the East, as I feel it is us in the West that should be making the change; back to those ways. Of course, the cultures who honour their elders are much older cultures and those that don't tend to be newer. Take care and have a great Xmas Shalini.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi there Larry, Yes, I should have thought about golf being a great leveller, especially with what's been going on at the top. That was a good move on your part and keeping him 'tied up' like that probably helped your score on the back 9 hahaha. You are a wise man Larry, in far more ways than that and I'm sure your captive would agree with me (without a rope hahaha). You guys have a great Xmas and Take Care. Thank you for reading this work... tight lines.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Laura, Quite right in your comments. Thanks for reading this work. I will look forward to those days and hope I don't have too many lines on my face when they happen. You have a great Xmas with yours and Take Care.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Tantrum, Cheers for reading my ramblings and your kind comment. My works are almost as good as yours. Have a great Xmas and Take Care Ok.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

so beautiful. I loved reading each word and the images it brought to me. such a natural flow between the generations.

I could hear the young boy speaking and his grandfather.

last week my oldest son turned 28. for his birthday, I gave him my fathers Soldiers Training Manuel (a small leather bound book) and a medal from his service in WW11. It was very touching to see the immediate bond between generations. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and tribute. :)


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi rebekahELLE, Thanks for reading this work and your kind comments. Like you I gave my son my grandfather's discharge papers etc. from his war service, as he had not known my granddad. I'm sure your son would have appreciated that gift as much as mine did. Thanks again rebekahELLE, have a great Xmas and take care.


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

PD.. You have spoken my life, the wisdom passed down from 3 generations for me to know and love and learn from. Thank you, this meant a lot to me, now with 2 generations under me to love and share with. The circle spins around!!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Candie, Long time..hope you have been ok. Thanks for reading this and your comments. You are so right in what you say and I'm sure your younger crew share that respect and appreciation. You take care my friend and have a great Xmas.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hhhmmm, a lot of wisdom within this hub. "Young Hope links to Old Hope" and "Each Circle of Life forms a Life" are thought provoking truths, that some people seem to be missing out on now-a-days...I really like this poem. Thanks for sharing!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi MG, Thanks for reading this work and your positive comments. Yes, I agree that many seem to fall short on the understanding of this today. We can not overlook the fact that communication is a two way thing; so in that respect if the older party never gained the ability, then it is a safe bet that inability has been passed on to the next generation. Take care and have a great Xmas.


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keira7 6 years ago

I love your work. Have a lovely Christmas my dear friend.:D


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Keira, Thank you for that and you have a great Xmas too. Thanks for your support.... Take Care.


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motricio 6 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

This is the most touching story I ever read here on Hubpages,

Is so beautiful.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi motricio, Thank you for that wonderful compliment. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this work. Cheers for reading my works. Take Care.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very, very nice- thanks!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello Micky Dee. Thank you, for reading this work and your kind comment. I hope 2010 brings you all you hope for. Take Care.


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Moneylady 6 years ago from Texas

I loved this! Very well done. I will be looking forward to more of your writings.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Moneylady, thanks for reading this work and your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope your book goes well and you achieve your writing goals. Take Care.


sophs 6 years ago

Wonderful work, i really enjoyed this. Very heart-warming :-)


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Sophs, Thanks for reading this work and your kind comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Look forward to reading some of your works. Take care.


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

Do you know how to put text in as a picture? It is a way to control the formatting which on HubPages you can't control much, for instance the spacing between the lines.

But if you write the poem on a Word or Open Office Doc and then copy it and paste it on Windows Paint or even better on Open Office Draw you can save it and then change it into a JPEG or a GIF and publish it here either as a very small rectangle or full size.

I am not a poet, but have often put other people's poetry on my posts, not yet here, but elsewhere, and it makes the accompanying text more approachable for those many people who can't read verse. -- Maybe I ought to write a hub about it!

:-)


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sagbee 6 years ago from Delhi

Beautiful poem.. seems more of a song to me.. written very well with all the feel... thanks for sharing.. :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Came back for another taste!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Blue Parrot, thanks for reading this work. I'm not sure I have found the relevance of your comment yet; but thanks for showing me that this hub inspired you to write. Take care.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi sagbee, thank you for taking the time to read this work and your kind comments. If I could write music then I'm sure I would spend alot of time on the lyrics writing songs. Thanks for that.... you take care.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Micky Dee, Cheers for liking my work and the thumbs up. All the best mate and take care.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

How I long now for my grandparents. They have taught me so much with such a lot of joy. I miss them.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi equealla, thank you for reading this work. I guess if I have helped you remember and think about your grandparents then my words have achieved what they were formed to do. In the life circle, we get to pass on what we have learnt from them don't we. Take care.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

You did not only manage to help me remember them, they have been with me, right by my side, as your words brought them in my presence. You have a way with words, like I said before.

And yes, I would not have been half the person I am today, if it was not for them. These qualities is helping my children now - life circle.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi again equealla, thank you for that. Yep.. I think that at the end of your life, if you can see the positive things about you that you have passed on within your grandchildren; then you have had a good life. (Even if your kids never listened to you! lol.)

Take Care.


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epigramman 6 years ago

..words ... all words ... thoughts ... all thoughts ... are very lucky to be in your esteemed company .....


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi epigramman, thanks for reading this work. Wow.. what an awesome statement to make.. I'm sure I really don't deserve the sentiment though, but thank you. Namaste. Take Care.


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epigramman 6 years ago

...why not - I just checked the licensing bureau - and all of these words belong exclusively to you - lol lol


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi epigamman, thanks for reading this work. Yes I have worked very hard to develop some of the keywords here and the rest just seemed to fit the theme. Take Care.


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sofs 6 years ago

Wow, PD I have been meaning to catch up on my reading and I am glad I did this...I just love these lines...

You know son, I’ve seen a lot of hatred in my years

It’s caused by not understanding our fellow man

People are like the stars; all have hopes and fears

So try to understand people; make it part of your life plan

Sometimes it is words like these that show the person that you are... awesome! I just got a glimpse of you PD!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi sofs, wow that is really nice of you to say .... so I'll take a bow and thank you very much... so very true as well... lol. I'm glad you enjoyed this work, it is wee bit clumsy in it's composition, but it is about a young PD, who was lucky to learn from his Grandad. You take Care and be well Sofs.


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PR_am 6 years ago from Oregon

Beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi PR_am, thank you for reading this work and for your positive comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed this poem of hope that we learn from those who have walked before us and pass on what we have learned to those who follow. Take Care and cheers.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I think you will understand me when I say that I am experiencing a delicious melancholy; having read your offering above. It has been before me all my life and I never realised until right now that it is the wisdom that is passed from one generation... not to the next, but that generation is skipped... to the next but one... Grand parent to grandchild.

It's a lovely hub, Pearldiver. Lovely.


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi TL, Thanks for reading this and your comments. I took the time to read the poem also, again and I was quite surprised how it moved me. It was the first poem in my Life Circles series and is also on page 1 on the SEs.. now I actually understand why. So I guess if you write from the heart and you do so with solid advice, your works are appreciated by many.. there is a lot of me in this poem.. thanks again for reminding me that it's time for me to go fishing again... Take Care.


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jeremytorres 5 years ago

You uttered wonderful words here, pearldiver.


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Jeremy, thanks for taking the time to read and enjoy this verse. I appreciate your kind words.. cheers, you take care.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I was so very lucky to have grown up with having grandparents, great aunts and uncles being a part of our lives. Your wisdom about the generations getting to know and learn from one another is great. Nothing can take the place of that! Up, useful, beautiful and SHARING.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

The entire poem is just amazing from start to finish! All the quality lessons and time they are spending togather!


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nancynurse 4 years ago from Southeast USA

This is so special I have a new granddaughter and I hope so much to be a part of her life . Thank you for sharing.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Peggy, thank you so much for reading, commenting and sharing this poem, one of the first that I wrote here. I fear that less and less these generational events occur, as modern parents often prefer to communicate in a virtual world as opposed to the magic of personal contact and the experience of days shared.

Like you, I was very lucky to have had those days and years, with great people. Cheers for your support, I appreciate Our time together... take care.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Angela, thank you for taking the time to read this poem and for your positive comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed 'Fishing for Time' as it was written to convey a very important message. Cheers for your support.. take care.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Nancy, thank you for reading this piece and for your positive words of encouragement. I'm glad that you enjoyed the poem. I'm sure you will have many special times with your new Granddaughter and hold a very special place in her heart, when you do and in future years. You do create so much when you share your knowledge with a younger person and take the time to listen to their hearts.. You enjoy the days and years... take care.

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