Poem - The Age of Awakening

The age of awakening
When a boy becomes a man
No longer just listening
He questions who holds his hand
A revelation of life
His mind now his own
He will continue to search
His thoughts no longer on loan
From the world of eternal persuasion
The message he receives a ruse
God is this; your country that
The truth has been abused
The confusion of a material world
And knowing how to live
He is confronted by a choice
Is it better to receive... or give?
He will finally know
As the charlatans are revealed
They speak for themselves
Their motives no longer concealed
His ability to discern
And live on as a man
Will guide his future
As he discovers his plan
Fearful Mother remain strong
As you watch your bird fly away
You may well trust his wings
For you taught him to fly this way

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Kim Lynn 6 years ago

As a mother, I would be so proud! You write the most beautiful poetry. Always a pleasure to read!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Kim,

It's good to see your children thinking things through and then be able to express their doubts in a logical manner. That's a sign of critical thinking skill development which is so vital...


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This is such a beautiful poem and you must be a very proud father. Definitely voted this one up.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you acaetnna...

I'm definitely a proud father... their minds are becoming more proactive and they are putting 2 and 2 together... of course they are not allowed to question me!!!!! Ha....

I joke around and tell them I'm giving a speech and there will be no Q&A afterwards...


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Earl S. Wynn 6 years ago from California

Very well written! Great work! I love the way the last few lines tie the piece together-- it's just plain awesome. Keep up the good work! :)


Maid of Orleans 6 years ago

Lovely poetry. I really enjoyed this. So great to find you! I'm so glad you found me! The maiden.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Earl for reading and commenting... I guess when you have children you start to think this way. The emotions of deep love and fear heighten your senses and it fires the imagination... sometimes good; sometimes bad.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank Maiden,

I appreciate your comments. I enjoy writing about my children and to help others think about their own emotional bonds.


ralwus 6 years ago

'Fearful Mother remain strong

As your bird flies away

You may well trust his wings

For you taught him to fly this way'

So true. If one raises them properly they will be OK. Good write, keep at it my friend. Charlie


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you ralwus for the kind words... I always value your opinion...


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b. Malin 6 years ago

A Very warm, heartfelt, Hub that all parents can relate to. No matter how big and grown up they become, we always (from a distance) watch over them. I too wrote a Poem on this subject a while back. Thanks for sharing.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you b.

I'll have to check out your poem.. a parent always feels these things... it never goes away...


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f_hruz 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It's like I can feel your thoughts, how they move you along your own path ... great power in what you say, my friend.

The mother may be inside of you, and the boy a grown man.


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

This writing feels as though it was intended just for me. It has a wonderful universal appeal that eaach of us can enlighten ourselves with in our own individual way. Very nice!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you f_hruz and Jeremey,

I think I'm feeling all the same things that ya'll do on this inside. I just let it out and it's nice to see commonality in our emotions. It's a matter of speaking from the heart to another in a way that is real and not too lofty....


NikiiLeeReyes 6 years ago

take the road not taken.

every man/woman has his/her own journey in life.

I honestly dont believe in coincidence's

I only believe in Fate and Guilt.

Wonderful poem.

So delightfully true.

"When a boy becomes a man---

his thoughts no longer on loan"

So real.

Voting up up up!

-Nikki


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ahorseback 6 years ago

Yes , a man teaching his children well!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nikii,

Fate and guilt... that is interesting... there's your next poem if you haven't done it already... and if not you tell me and I'll write it but I know you can do it quite well and it will get everyone's attention.

Yeah this is about the transition from boy to man and a parent's fears as they watch them take the real steps towards independence. A moment of triumph, fear and sadness...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Ahorseback,

Yeah if I can get him to read the stuff! I'm afraid I'm like the adults in Charlie Brown "wonk, wonk, wonk...." Maybe someday he'll think his old man was on to something...


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Scarlett My Dear 6 years ago from Missouri

Thoroughly enjoyed this poem Suburban Poet. Thank you!

As a mother of three, two of them boys, it is refreshing to see a boy's changing world through the poetic words of a man. "Fearful Mother remain strong" ~ Insightful.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Scarlett,

Father's are fearful too.... but we have to let go and trust a parent's work is good enough...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Lorne...


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simone93 6 years ago

very inspiring


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puresilence 6 years ago from New Delhi

Excellent poem.. so inspiring .. thanks for sharing


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you simone and puresilence,

I am always thinking of my two children and I'm sure all parents think of these things....


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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Excellent!!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you daydreamer!


Antoine Van Hove 6 years ago

To me: You are poetry at its best! Congratulations! Vote up!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Antoine... I guess I'm on my way to being an autodidact (from your profile) too because I had to look the word up! I appreciate your comment...

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