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'Childhood Wishes?' - A Poem

Updated on May 10, 2016

When I was quite young ...

When I was quite a young girl ~ about 12 or 13 years old ~ a few verses came into my head, one morning, while I was traveling to school on the bus.

I think that I must have been watching the mix of adults and children, and their responses to each other.

It is not real poetry, just a little childhood verse, but the emotion behind it ~ and whatever inspired it ~ still leaves me feeling wistful.

Indeed, as the years disappear, I probably become ever more wistful.

Where does the time go? It seems to fly by ~ and the older we become; the faster it flies.

My poem is below. I hope that you will enjoy reading it.


Children

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'Watching and Thinking'

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An old woman watches children at play.

They are pretending they're married today.

They are pretending they're grown up, 'like Mother'!

Every child thinks much like another.

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"I'll be glad when I'm adult," hear all of them say.

They don't seem to realise they're growing each day.

They don't understand ~ soon enough they'll be old;

And gradually all of their days will unfold.

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The woman remembers her own childhood days,

When she too was wishing for adult ways.

Now she just wishes she were like them, again...

When being 'grown up' was simply a game.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      What a treasure to have from your childhood! I enjoyed your slice-of-life poem very much.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank you, dear Trish_M.,

      Happy Memorial Day and keep in touch with me.

      Kenneth

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      Tricia Mason 3 years ago from The English Midlands

      You're welcome :)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Thank you, Trish_M.

      So are you. I confess. I can give a compliment better than taking one. But I am working on that.

      God bless you for your comment.

      Kenneth

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      Tricia Mason 3 years ago from The English Midlands

      You're very kind, Kenneth :)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Fantastic, Trish_M . . .for both this wonderful hub and for the following.

      You are a great writer with a bright future ahead of you. I sense that about your style of writing.

      Thanks too, for looking at my hubs.

      Kenneth

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      Tricia Mason 3 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Kenneth, :)

      Thank you so much for those kind words.

      I'm already a follower - but I'll have a look at those hubs now :)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Trish_M,

      Wow! (Pardon the crude exclamation) What a nice work! I loved this while it moved me emotionally to a time when I too, watched my only daughter play the game of "grown-up."

      I voted this piece Up and away---very well-done.

      I cordially invite you to read just two of my hubs,

      "Sunset, I Wonder About You," and "And Old Dreamers Dream," at my place, then be one of my followers.

      I would love that.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Anil and Honey :)

      Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated!

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Very nice poem. I like your simple and beautiful words.You can say many ideas through the simple and lovely words. Thank you very mach I am happy to meet you.

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :) :) :) :)

      Diogenes and Liftandsoar ~ thanks; great to 'see' you again!

      LaThing and Girishpuri ~ thank you so much!

      As I said, it's just a child's verse, but it has stayed with me ~ and the sentiment rings so true. I wonder why I even thought of those things when I was so young :)

      I bet Mexico was great, Bob!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      "True dat, dawg," as our cousins say. But not all the way back: I wouldn't mind being 40 again. Still have all the powers but some maturity, too! Or your age would be great.

      Good to see you there again.

      Your fellow Limey.

      ps/ Just got back from Mexico

      Bob

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      brilliant, memories, and i remember one famous quote, every thing we value ' after loosing it and before getting it' wonderful message, voted up.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Trish-M, this is beautiful and a very true picture of life. How we all wish for what we are not :) Very nice flow, and enjoyed it..... Sharing!

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      Frank P. Crane 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thoughtful and honest and, indeed emotional. It's good to read something of yours again. Thanks!