Innocence and Experience

 Tan Pratonix
Tan Pratonix

Background

This poem was written long ago when I was 17-18 years old. It shows the contrast between childhood and adulthood, between innocence and experience. It has a religious undertone to it.

The photograph in this hub is that of my grandson. He was about 8 months old when it was taken. I am sure you would have noticed his eyes. Yes, the eyes of a child are sparkling black. When they look at you, your heart melts with love. Especially with this lovely little fellow. God's gift to his mother and his grandparents.

POEM

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Innocence and Experience

The eyes of a child are sparking black
When they look at you you can't look back.
Innocence and clarity
Emphasize disparity,
Now that I am grown
Into a block of wood or stone
And my eyes have faded dark and brown.

Sparkling black eyes are pretty, of course,
But does it mean that mine are worse?
Experience and suffering undergone
Can turn no man to wood or stone;
And if my eyes are less bold,
Would I exchange them still for an ignorant world?

© Tan Pratonix


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Lovely poem and adorable picture! Awww!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia Author

Thank you, Kalto. You are such an encouragement. I couldn't find a baby pic, so I posted a pic of my grandson.

:)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Your grandson is just too cute!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia Author

Bless you, Kalto!


Darlene Turpin 6 years ago

Cute as a button!..this little one..great poem, I loved it!

Voted up and beautiful and awesome


sandra rinck 6 years ago

I never really thought about how the color of a child's eyes fade with experience. Insightful. And your links look great. Cute kid! xoxoxo

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