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Gorilla Games

Updated on January 19, 2010
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Sweet Saturday mornings

Of Cinnamon toast and

Gorilla games

I love you’s thrown around

Like paper airplanes

An adequate apartment

Decorated with Eskimo kisses

And family hugs of three

A child's insights

Surprisingly deep

I melt with tiny hands

Upon my cheeks

Concoctions in the kitchen made

Messes worth excited grins

I’ll clean up later when they're gone

To their Dad’s

Marked a thick red line

Of quiet time

Across the calendar

But for now they’re mine

And they will climb

And they will hang

Off me like baby gorillas

In a nest of pillows

On our new floor

No longer in captivity


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    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Kids are the bomb; missing mine today.

    • Jess Killmenow profile image

      Jess Killmenow 

      9 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Children are an unbelievable, unpredictable, irreplaceable part of a life's journey. In some ways they continue our own. Thanks for this joyful poem

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Never thought about the population explosion when I had my kids. Which is strange because it came up enough in college. But, since I only had two and they are younger than some of my great nieces and great nephews I guess we have have only replaced our foot prints with theirs. Unless of course they are quick to reproduce... Anyway, children are an unfathomable joy but not everyone has written them in to their life chart this go around. I obviously did and they make my marriage worth every decade it lasted.

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      9 years ago from Chicago

      I have always loved to teach and one of the few regrets that I have regarding my life is that I will never have children of my own to hangout with. There are over a 7 billion of us though, so in my own way I am proud that I have not added to the number. What is refreshing is that your additions are tempered by love, understanding, and joy. Thanks for sharing your children with us via your poetry.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Sorry about that Wesley. They are the dearest things, our offspring.

    • wesleycox profile image


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This poem has made me miss my daughters even more than before. Though they don't wrestle with me, they do make my life worth living.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Invictus what a lovely comment. My daughter is 7 and much more gentle than my 3 year old boy! More of a gentle holding of the cheeks, so sweet. Honking noses, not so gentle! I really do feel blessed.

    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image


      9 years ago

      I LOVE this, Randy! Ahhh, I can feel your joy, as I so feel the same beautiful times with my son. Yet, I have to say, mine is seven and now when he jumps and wrestles, it can be a painful joy! OUCH. Yet, love him and the joy it brings. Hey, Have yours done the sqeeze of cheeks lately! I almost had my face pulled off recently... LOL

      Thais is a beaut! Thank you so much, I can feel your love!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Dohn they take life to another level. They are little teachers of life really. I am lucky as mine especially incredible... no, really they are! ;)

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      *Let's out a deep breath/sigh* I can't wait to have kids...When I was a camp counselor, I used to wrestle with them all of the time. Once I made a mistake by telling them I'd give them candy if they take me down...I forgot to tell them that only one of them at a time could do so, not all at once! (There were 12 of them, mind you).

      Thanks, Randy! You're so lucky! Great poem as usual :D


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