Too Early Spring

Too Early Spring

Too early spring

and harvest glow,

looking for hope

never to know,

Too early spring

innocence lost

Came too early winter

dying frost,

Summer gone but a shame

Should it have been

a long great stand,

Yet too early spring

here the child sees

Days of granduer

Triumphs and glories,

unachieved,

covered by winters snow.

brief

Over the last 37 years I have seen children forced to grow up way too soon. World conditions have all but destroyed the family around the world. Consider the tragedies around the world.

  • Drunkenness
  • Abusive parents
  • absent parents
  • HIV/Aides in Africa
  • Drug abuse
  • Abortion
  • Starvation
  • Disease
  • Famines
  • WARS
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Child pornography
  • Child slavery
  • Child prostitution
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Children raising children

As I approach my birthday number 52, I reflect back to this poem I wrote at 15 years old. Many writers use the yearly seasons as a description of life, spring the beginning and winter the end. But, for many children, spring comes TOO early.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

It truly is sad, but you described it well. Everywhere we look, there are problems. As adults they're hard to cope with. How can we possibly expect children to handle them? Thanks for a thought provoking piece of art!


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Very beautiful, your words just flowed:) I woke up out of sleep this morning, thinking about a birthday cake:) This is the third hub, I stumbled upon relating to a birthday in some way:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Michael... an awesome tribute to the children of today. Thank you for sharing as you do. I have a few years on you and yet I recall my youth as a time of simplicity and little to worry about. A time when a toy was as simple as a tin can and a stick. A time when you could lay on the ground and watch the clouds and not worry or have any concerns. I so wish that on the children of today...

Hugs from Canada


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Michael Adams1959 4 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Lifegate, thank you so much for your reply a simpler time wasn't all that long ago


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Michael Adams1959 4 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

heart4theword

Thank you I am glad you thought this is beautiful, written out of memory from long ago


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Michael Adams1959 4 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Rolly,

I remember those days too laying in the woods (now a golf course) by a clearing and looking up to the skies watching the high soft white clouds lazily drift by, then getting too hot from the summer sun jumping in the creek. What a simpler life, what a simple life that has been stolen from our young ones these days.

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