If they could only see me now....

If they could only see me now....

Athletic, bright, youthful and free

This is how I used to be.

As free as the river flowing down this cliff face

I have aged and cannot keep up this pace

Unlike this waterfall as beautiful and as thunderous as the day it was conceived

I now have greying hair and crows feet not to be believed

I used to thunder in my own right, being heard no matter anyone's might

My thunder now a murmur, my force now likely a farce

I recoil at the thought of what once was,

bringing understanding to recognition that I'll never be again

Unlike this waterfall as beautiful and as thunderous as the day it was conceived

I peel away like the leaves from the trees

I peel away slowly, and become an observer

An observer of my new seedlings

They roar like this thunderous waterfall

Filled with the vitality and frivolity I no longer have in me

Their fervor I admire and hope for them it continues

The waterfall is now mine to watch, I can be it no longer

Unlike this waterfall as beautiful and as thunderous as the day it was conceived

I have slowed to a trickle, a murmur slowly ceasing to be heard

I revel in their youth and exhuberance, their liberty and song

I sit along side this stream, on this rock I now belong

Sedimentary, complimentary, I am where I belong

In the underbrush of life, rather than in the fierceness of the flow

I can only say "These kids are what I have to show"

For the life I have lived has been blessed with such things

As wonderful as my wife and a girl with her sibling

I can no longer ask for more than my lot

I am just so happy I got what I got!

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Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

Good poem! My favorite line is:

I peel away like the leaves from the trees


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Enigmatic Me 6 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

The thing with my poetry is that is not refined (edited, proof read) written in the moment... catchy lines come through once in a while... I wish I had more time to put into it, but... we work with what we have...

Thanks for the encouragement


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crickette_w 6 years ago

I as I read this poem, could vision people in my life, including my self that you are explaining. The sad part is, most of them aren't doing it with such grace as your poem. I hope someone reads your poem and realizes the meaning and the depth of it's words. I am going to definately send this one on through my links. Thank you for the inspiring read.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

beautiful poem..it gives nonstop hope

loved it! thanks for sharing :)


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Enigmatic Me 6 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

crickette_w thanks for taking the time to comment. I definitely know a few people who aren't ready to understand where they are in life (I'm still 17 when I play hockey, despite the 33 yr old chassis!), but we all come to realize "it's not always about me" at some point!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Great poem . glad to meet you


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Enigmatic Me 6 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Thanks Blaise, I've enjoyed yours as well... Look forward to reading more.

Thanks D.A.L for the comment, glad to meet you as well.

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