The Travesty of Youth

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The Travesty of Youth

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


I do lament my early days,

of wasted dreams and childish ways,

embarked on visionary glimpses found,

of life’s secrets and insights profound.

In a mind so raw and green in skill,

a travesty of a journey ill,

from too much knowledge and no control,

I stumbled in life open and bold.

For understanding needs cure first,

a mellowing soul to absorb the thirst,

of life’s realities and the will of mind,

to make honest choices and in faith decide.

It is youth that pushes life to the brink,

knowing all and then assuming, think,

that sight is a gift of eyes alone,

not of the mind and the soul atoned.

Had I the head that fits me now,

such joy I’d find in youth allow,

the knowledge of a learned mind,

atop a body all smooth and primed.

But dream I do of opportunities lost,

to youthful arrogance come at a cost,

from learning life through stumbled steps,

of bruised egos and hearts bereft.

Now in age all mellowed and sound,

that body smooth has gone to ground,

left me wanting in many ways,

but mind attuned my saving grace.

Happy Birthday me!


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks cat on a soapbox, glad you enjoyed it. and welcome aboard. Hope I continue to impress.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

I thoroughly enjoyed both the message and your style- nice!!


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks rjsadowski, glad you enjoyed it. I've had five kids and its obvious parenting never stops. I certainly don't know it all, but when I was young I used to think so. So easy to see in retrospect.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you appreciated it SimpleGiftsofLove. Thanks for your comment, and I hope I can continue to inspire with my words.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks raciniwa, I'm well and truly being spoilt today, so I'll enjoy every second. Take care.


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

Great poem as usual. My daughter is 21 and she knows it all. I hope that someday she will realize how little any of us really know. We can all use some help.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

Awesome Tony, great writing, and reflection. Appreciate you sharing this with all of us! Up, interesting, beautiful, and awesome....and following!


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

oh, Happy Birthday Mr. Poet...yeah, life is but an island of illusions...while young we think nothing about age nor death...just life...endless...boundless...


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks PARASMART, glad I inspired. Thanks for reading man. Take care.


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PARASMART 5 years ago from CALIFORNIA

Really kool. You really have to read it several times to get all the good stuff out of it. Your style is great, I can tell you have been writing for some time...It is an inspiration. Thanks


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks ytsenoh, appreciate the comment.


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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Ah, very nice, very nice. You have a really nice command of language in your style.

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