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Growing

Updated on May 3, 2009
 

So different every minute as they learn

The upward paths to this relatively

Dreary though still endearing place, where we

Once having jumped the dam must spawn and die

Eventually. For now we just swim

A circular daily pattern while our

Young swim upstream, sighing with pride as they

Negotiate each obstacle with grace.

Though it seems like they no longer listen

A tail or dorsal fin sometimes betrays

That actually they have heard what we said

All these years, and we thrill that they exceed

Our leaping days of old, clearing the dam

With more ease and strength than we could show when

It was our turn. We have grown long, with scales

Like armor plate, while their wet skin still shines

Uncertain with vulnerability.

Swollen soon with potential our young spawn

In their turn and begin their circular

Daily patterns around their young, as did

We in our day, though now the circles grow

More languid, as the time our ripples must

Quiet at last to calm draws closer still.

Motionless now buried in the stream-bed

Murky dark, feel the commotion of schools

Gliding against the rippling surface light

While in silence we touch our fins and smile

At all the generations passing there.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Toddlers, wow. I've got a few years before I have those running around here again! Enjoy, Earnest!

      Yes, Agvulpes. Some little pecadillo in the code I guess

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Tom sometimes the page only scrolls half way down the list of comments does yours do that ?.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Very nice Tom. I just spent the weekend with my toddler GC's so this was timely for me.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      When you think about the actual mechanics of HubPages, it is a technical marvel. I know you've lost work on occasion, Blondepoet, but I never have, which is something of a minor miracle. But when I think about the RSS capsule, or the photo capsule that knows an animated .gif when it sees it - that's pretty sophisticated stuff.

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      You just noticed ?

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hey Tom have you noticed when you go back to check your comment the page scrolls down automatically. That is so cool, I never noticed it before. Boy...technology.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Gotta write! Gotta write! It's kind of a sickness, really.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      I am convinced you are a machine now, hell you spit these Hubs out so fast aghhhhhhhhh.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      The middle is the hardest part. The rest of it's a picnic.

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      feeweewv 8 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

      I liked this one, but the middle made me tired.... i feel like i'm swimming all the time, wondering if im ever going to get anywhere... can't wait until i can touch my fins and smile

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Happy Mother's Day, Candie.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ohh.. Hmm. Like, say, who, Tom? :).. That was an amazing hub..it's what we parents should really want, our kids to take on life and run with it, be better, be stronger, be wiser... Thank you for this!! And May, you're in good company! {{{hugs}}}

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      No, not long enough. It's just all the people around here with their minds in the gutter! Not like me ROFLMAO

      Oh, I hurt myself.

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I've been hubbing too long, that's all.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Patricia, treasure these days LOL

      If I didn't know better, May, I might say you have but one thought in life! LOL

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Is this another tricky poem? For a second there, I thought you were discussing about sperms?! XD

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      Patricia Costanzo 8 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Mine are still little and cute though Tom. They're not teenagers, lol.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      You're crazy, Patricia! LOL

      I always think I won't miss them and then I always do.

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      Patricia Costanzo 8 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      My kids are away this weekend Tom, this makes me long for them.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Mr. Toad.

      Amazon Amazing, Ms. Babbley! Glad you liked. I have to say my Amazon choices are getting more and more complimentary to my hubs.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Wonderful metaphore. I agree with gt, cool way to put it. Much appreciated this morning. Love the lilkinz by the way, it's the one second youngest wants. I must say that's a good price to boot.

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      cool way to put it Tom.