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Awaiting In Life...

Updated on April 10, 2014
Ella and Lachie from Tony DeLorger
Ella and Lachie from Tony DeLorger

Awaiting In Life...

By Tony DeLorger © 2014


What beauty rests in the hands of a child,

a pristine future, untethered by mistakes,

like a rose bud awaiting the gentle embrace of sunlight,

and even with unsteady and indecisive steps,

a whole world ready to pick up that fallen child,

and kiss away the pain of an earthly bruise.


Naivety a soul blessing, a new and unblemished beginning,

wrapped in a veil of protection, with no expectations,

and no demands of complex thought or penance,

for non compliance in the world of men,

all those constructs and morals pushed and molded into truth.


How innocent that child, for not knowing what awaits,

for not realising how much a mind is suppressed into convention,

when all that child wants is to be loved, held and kept safe,

from the reality of a harsh and onerous existence,

always trimming the fat, dispensing with weakness,

and forging the devout and opportunistic narcissist within.


If that sweet, loving child only knew what life already planned,

a life filled with broken hearts, rejection and the malice of jealousy and spite,

burdens of financial and mental torture, worries of safety and control,

while all that child wants is to find love, be loved and feel safe,

what more does it need to find happiness in the broken halls of aspiration,

the paradigms of illusions and the promises of faith.


In that small open hand lies a treasure, a path not trodden,

and in that child's mind, a life that can't come quick enough,

a heart that can weather life's woes and aspire to become anything at all,

and in their moments of fear and confusion, the child never doubts,

because loving arms are near, a touch, a whisper and all is well,

and until reality walks from the shadows, the child smiles in blissful ignorance.


Children are our greatest asset, they are the future of our kind. Treat them with the love and care they deserve, so that one day, they can make this world a better place.

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks John, another one of life's ironies: can't wait to grow up and when you do, realize what you had in childhood, As the platitude goes, 'youth is so wasted on the young'. Take care my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful words and message Tony. Oh to be a child again. No stresses and responsibilities....what a life it was! At the time you can't wait to grow up and you think "do what you want" but the harsh reality soon becomes clear,when you leave school, have to get a job, pay bills, support a family....etc etc....give me childhood any day.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks MeKensie, so glad you appreciated the poem. Appreciate your comment and take care.

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      Susan Ream 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful poetry capturing the vulnerability and innocence of a child. If only ALL children were loved and nourished by the adults around them - the harsh realities of the future would be met with the fortitude and strength those adults poured into them.

      Great Work! Voted Up and across and shared!

      Mekenzie

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Absolutely Wayne; how perceptions change as we grow older, and the veil of illusions falls away. Thanks for taking the time. Nice to hear from you my friend. Don't get much time on here anymore. Bubblews is giving me a good income, but I shall keep writing for HubPages, just not quite as often. Take care mate!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      "Out of the mouth of babes"...and out of the lives of babes. The older you get, the more you realize as you behold a child, what the meaning of life is really all about.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for dropping by Brenda, so glad you appreciated it.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks John, glad you appreciated it. Take care.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Much appreciated Rafiq23, glad you enjoyed my words. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      4 years ago from New York

      Your poem captures the innocence and vulnerability of children so beautifully! Voted up!

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful sentiments Tony. Beautiful words. Voted up.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 

      4 years ago from Pakistan

      Excellent poem Tony DeLorger! I like your message as "In that small open hand lies a treasure"

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