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A Poem: Flown, Grown, And On Their Own

Updated on February 16, 2015

The lists get longer...and harder to find!

I'm sure there is another birthday we are supposed to remember so no one is hurt.
I'm sure there is another birthday we are supposed to remember so no one is hurt. | Source

Keeping track of birthdays...

The years roll on, too swift for sure

Five children grown and flown.

Their laughter welcome and so pure;

More children now... their own.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"When is that next birthday dearest?

I hope we don't forget.

It seems like there's one, the nearest

too, no wonder we still fret."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

When they were here beneath this roof.

the warnings sounded clear:

'It's coming, Dad! and here's the proof:

It's been another year!'"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Now, just us two to keep track of

those dates, should be so clear;

When we think to express our love:

"We've lost the dates I fear!"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"The computer has them, I am sure!"

(Such little solace gives!)

"It was easier then for sure;

"Our minds are like two sieves!"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"The great big gaps, can't hide the lapse,

'Our memory's destroyed.'

"I'll check it soon, right now it's noon.

"Let's eat, not get annoyed."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"The computers on, which file shows

the answer to our prayers?"

"We wrote it down. Goodness knows!

On our machine, or theirs?"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"The time sped up, of this I'm sure.

'twas bad enough with five!"

"Forget it all; my mind's not sure.

And now, there's a whole hive!"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"Don't bother dear!" was nice to hear.

Like a kiss upon the cheek.

She then went on, assuaged my fear:

"I mailed one late last week."

© 2011 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      AudreyHowitt: The "Remember Their Birthdays List" has grown so long that I am thankful for computers (as long as I remember to use them, for if I still forget one that makes it even worse!) 16 grandchildren, 5 children, my Mom and sister, plus three nieces, one nephew-in-law, and a niece has a daughter now. How many is that, you say? I forget.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for the reinforcing comments. It is true that our extra "free time" gets filled with more and more, to the point where minor challenges are major ones (the keys, that bill, those receipts, the list, and on and on.

      See the humor in it all. A laugh is never far away as long as we are with ourself!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      This is so true.

      Keeping track of birthdays is one thing but what I find challenging is passwords. Bank passwords, computer passwords etc.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My three sons have moved out and in and out and in again. Never know how many I'll have at home at any given time.

      I enjoyed your poem very much.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Cute and so true--my mind is a sieve! But it sounds as though you have many blessings in your life--I will add my own to you during the holiday season--Enjoy!

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      Perspycacious 6 years ago

      Thanks everyone, this poem brought out your nice responses which were pleasing to my creative muse.

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      time2rite 6 years ago

      My how the time flies as our children turn into men and women and begin lives of their own! I can relate as I've had almost a year since the youngest left the nest. Very touching and beautiful poem that brought a smile to my face!

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      funny, cute, sensitive, and real....loved it! Voting across the board.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow this is so true.. LOl.. this is so good.. and funny... plus awesome...

      Blessing to you and yours..


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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      so real and enjoyed reading it. Nice Hub! thanks

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      And here comes another one this year.

      You had me laughing and I thisnk you were too when you wrote it, but it's so true and time is all we've got.

      Very nice.



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