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Innocence Lost, Too Much Gained

Updated on November 22, 2011
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

Life weighs so heavy

Problems chewed

Over chips and cookies

Feeding my pain

 

As a young girl she twirled

A buoyant bubble

Bouncing from adventure to adulthood

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Why don’t mothers hang by their knees?

Is it unseemly?

More like ungainly

 These days there’s too much weight

On my shoulders,

Fat on my thighs

 

 

Where’s the light breeze

That propelled her

Pinwheel simple?

 

 

She used to turn cartwheels

Handstands and back flips

Her body in motion, always in motion

Is my inner child still in there?

Can she dance her way out?

Sweet Little Susie

 

 

 

If I could just get off this couch

I’d love to see her

And be her … again.

 

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    • Hear Me profile image

      Hear Me 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      Great read....It would be nice to have my "inner child" come out to play more often. I just have to make sure my 7 year old isn't around to copy her!

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      Moment in Time 

      7 years ago

      What a great poem. Such innocence!

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you so very much myownworld! I am honored by your comment. Despite my dragon lady appearance in the Forums, I really am a sensitive person!

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      myownworld 

      8 years ago from uk

      Your work is leaving me speechless. God knows how often I look at my own daughter now and wonder the exact same things about myself...not just youth and energy, but so much innocence and simple joys slip away with the years. Loved every word of this!

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you, RK Sangha!

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      RK Sangha 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for a very good poem.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Tackle This, You have no idea how much I needed to read what you wrote here. You are absolutely right. When we connect with NATURE,which to me is the epitome of God's beautiful handiwork, it takes us to a (or back to a) joyous place. Bless you for lifting me into a better mood! MM

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      Tackle This 

      8 years ago

      Hey there, Mighty Mom, I know that I've exchanged many days for the "lie." I dated a woman about four years ago and we, WE, would run thru the mountains as though it were the "last day of school" and we were just set free. I know that we can all obtain that feeling again. Especially if we purposely, Taste and see that the Lord is good!" Then it becomes easy to spot the "lie" and those unwilling to part ways with darkness. Keep writing and God bless.

      Tackle

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Cosette, LOL. You're not even close to "here" yet. I bet you still have a lot of bounce in your step. But they say you're as young as you feel. So I'm working on lopping off a lotta years! Thanks so much for commenting MM

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      cosette 

      8 years ago

      AWESOME!!!

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      arunjain1989 

      8 years ago from mumbai

      Thank you so much for the advice and I will check Cris A right now!!!Arun

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      arunjain, Thank you! when you are as old as me you will be writing much deeper stuff because you're already starting out and have a great feel for the rhythm of poetry. Dig into your heart and your personal experiences and I know you will soon have a lot more poems to share with us. Also go check out Cris A he is a master poet hubber! MM

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      arunjain1989 

      8 years ago from mumbai

      Amazing poem and also the presentation was superb.Wish sometimes i could write as deep as you.And yea write one more soon,I am hungry!!And thumbs up for this.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      SP, You are so funny/adorable with your Moody Blues crush! I can never listen to them now without thinking of YOU. Actually, MB is a huge part of my growing up -- a phase of development shortly after this cartwheel/hang by your knees stage, but still really vivid in my memory. Maybe I will write a poem about Tuesday Afternoon and Nights in White Satin and Ride my Seesaw! Or maybe YOU should!

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      What great poetry and pictures to accompany! I like Jodi Mitchell and Justin Hayward even said he learned a few new guitar techniques from her. Sorry I talk about Justin so much, but you know he is my man crush :).

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      You are the sweetest gem I ever did meet. I was diagnosed three weeks ago with swine flu, aghhh, thought I was going to die, lol, so so sick am slowly getting better now. Can't wait to come home to you guys, you are the the sunshine in my world. Love you MM. xoxoxoxoxxo

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      DeBorrah K Ogans and IslandVoice - Thank you both so much for visiting and commenting. Hub Pages is definitely a place to release our inner child energy!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      This is so lovely! I want to remain a child.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Mighty Mom,

      Great poem! I think your inner child energy is expressed quite well in your hub picture. :-)

      Blessings

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks for reading, Cris. Hope you've been well, dear. Haven't seen you around. Good to see your mysterious avatar! MM

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      MM

      Nostalgic, wistful and engaging. Thanks for sharing. :D

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you Dolores and Fastfreta! I will have to check out the song "When I was a boy." Sounds right up my alley!

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      What a beautiful hub, poetry, pictures, song etc.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Lovely poem, Mighty Mom, and the Joni Mitchell too. I wonder if you ever heard the song 'when I was a boy' by dar williams. If you have not, check it out. It expresses a similar sentiment...get out your hanky...

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Beautiful poem that brought tears to my eyes. Love the Joni Mitchell. There is a lovely song, and I can't remember what it's called or who it's by, maybe Dar Williams about her childhood riding bikes with no shirt on maybe called 'when I was a boy' that expresses such longing for the freedom of childhood, if you don't cry when you hear it, you are made of stone.

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Whew! I'm really glad to know that others feel the same way. AM Gwynn, you've expressed my feelings about it exactly. It's definitely occurring. I don't know why. Perhaps getting ready for old age? Luckily I seem to be recalling mostly happy memories.

      Here's to bringing our inner children out for play dates! MM

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      A.M. Gwynn 

      8 years ago

      I too have begun to revisit my little girl so much more lately. Returning to the places where she was and the things she saw and used to do... and the way she once thought and felt. They say the older we get, we tend to revisit our childhood more often. I wonder why?

      Is it only nostalgia... or is our psyche trying to tell us something?

      I loved your words. I have thought upon these very things a lot lately. I have decided that she IS still in there, she has only gone off to other things for a while....

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey Sidney! Great to see you man! One day science will no doubt afford that opportunity. Not in my lifetime, tho.

      Made you think? Oh no! It was not my intention to make anyone think:-)! MM

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      Sidney Rayne 

      8 years ago

      I love the pictures especially in relation to each phrase. Made me wonder what it would be like to hit reset and start over as a child...but what a price to pay for the knowledge gained throughout the years.

      Great poem...love anything that makes me think!

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Ha ha back. I have four cats. A dog would do my hips a lot of good:-)!

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      shibashake 

      8 years ago

      Hahaha, I was terrible at cartwheels even when I was a child. I am not very coordinated :)

      Get some dogs and you will get a good workout every day. They won't let you miss :)

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey Shiba, Excellent points. Especially about the toys. I no longer have to wait for Christmas or Birthday:-).

      And when was the last time (except at certain town hall meetings recently) where you heard someone say, "Adults should be seen and not heard!"? Right. Adulthood rocks. Now I'm gonna go MOVE. No cartwheels, but a nice brisk walk! MM

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      shibashake 

      8 years ago

      Love the pictures and the words.

      I would not want to go back to being a child though - very little control of my own destiny. I think that life as an adult gives one a lot more freedoms. Get to say what I want, do what I want, and get all the toys I want :)

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Peggy -- I'd love to come and climb up with you!

      RB -- I have no doubt. And thanks for the inspiration:-)

      Elena -- You are so right. Joy doesn't leave. It can be rekindled with the right attitude! Got up off the couch and took a lovely walk in nature this morning. I feel lighter already:-)!

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      Elena. 

      8 years ago from Madrid

      Mighty, you don't need to go back to being a child... you still are one, just get off the couch and take yourself out to play :-)

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      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      My inner child comes out to play now again. Carefree thing she is too.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yes to the sitting high up in trees!!!

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Maggs -- Wouldn't that be an ideal combination? What we know now with the energy of childhood. Unbeatable!

      Peggy -- Thanks. Well, I didn't think about those parts of childhood. And acne, and periods, and strict parents. LOL. But wouldn't you love to sit high in a tree again? I would!

      Agree with you on the knees thing. How did I get HERE???

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I never could do cartwheels but could climb trees like a monkey. Go all the way back to being a child? I voted no. Repeat algebra, latin, organic chemistry...not as a child again, thank you. I'd probably like it more now as an adult.....well, maybe not the algebra! LOL

      If you had offered to back up a few years or even a few decades, my answer would have been different. My knees were in better working order then. Ha!

      Interesting hub with nice poetry and pictures.

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      maggs224 

      8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I voted yes but I would like to know what I know now so I could enjoy it better lol

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      Pachuca213 

      8 years ago

      Chica- I am right there with you. I look at myself and wonder what the hell happened to the lil JJ....I could relate to this alot.....((HUGS))

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Alekhouse -- We're sympatico, aren't we? Nothing worse than a sad muse! Keep the topics in the back of your mind and write when you can. And good luck with the changes. We're here for you during and after!

      Okmom -- Thank you so much. I'm really enjoying the poetry!

      Dohn -- Coming from you, that is a real compliment. Thank you. MM

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This is fantastic, MM. I can see this poem published in a book and I mean it. I hope you make it happen.

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      Donna Oliver 

      8 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Another great poem! You have such a gift with writing!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I definitely can relate to this. Funny, been have those feelings rather strongly lately. This hits the nail on the head. Haven't been able to write for a few weeks...no lack of topics & ideas, just maybe a little depressed...making major changes soon. Really nice poetry....insightful and poignant.

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Shalini! I've been thinking quite a bit about childhood recently. Will have to dig out some real photos -- perhaps a new avatar for Fall...

      Elisabethkcmo -- yes, I believe that. Lots and lots in common. Glad to have found you, koo koo ca chew!

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      elisabethkcmo 

      8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      I can really relate to this ..

      it's like I am you and you are me...

      koo koo ca chew

      ok, a little humor, but seriously,

      thanks for another great hub

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      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      I agree with you MM - the child is still inside - carefree, turning cartwheels - wonderful that the mind can still do when the body slows down! And it's great how poetry like this just takes us back in a trice!

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks, friends. I don't like the feeling of not having the joy I once had. The carefree girl IS still inside. I just know it.

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      advisor4qb 

      8 years ago from On New Footing

      Thought provoking hub, Mighty Mom! I think we all look back as we age, looking for an appropriate place for that child within to play...

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      Don't all of us wish we could go back to those carefree, simple days again? :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Very good poem, please continue to share!

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