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Too Young for Shadows

Updated on April 13, 2018

Young, Lost, and Alone

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Darkness shrouds the light

of those luminescent eyes

that shone with mischief and smiles

of half-spoken, half-concealed delight


too young to be so forlorn

in wisdom that to age belongs

not in vibrant hues of spring

rather, layered in winter chills


too young indeed is one so lost

in questions that penetrate the heart

before life’s journey is one score done

the miles stretch long to where it runs

along shadowy trails on murky paths

oh, that is not where young life belongs!


© Neetu M. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Kenneth, I am touched by your kind words and love of this little poem. Yes, it is written from the heart. Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing children hurt and unhappy, or depressed and lonely. This poem is based on the life of one such child.

      Thank you for visiting and reading this again.

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Jackie. Our world today is fraught with anxieties that shadow the lives of children, creating a host of problems and robbing them of the joys of childhood. This poem was inspired by one such child.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      Hi, wordswithlove,

      This piece, is one of those pieces that one cannot just read once or twice and continue with life. This writing is a liken to a hypnotic-drawing to the heart that causes one's will to be led back time and again to "this" beautiful piece that is so well-written from your heart.

      I just wanted to say that to you.

      Love Always,

      Your Friend, KENNETH

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A real shame; kids just grow up so fast anymore although not in the way kids did centuries ago. Too bad we don't have an answer to prevent it and that it can sometimes be so tragic. Great poem.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear (FRIEND) wordswithlove,

      You are welcome. You do that, creative an inspired idea that leads to a solid thought that can be expanded with other inspiration that YOU created in me.

      But I value YOUR friendship with me, more than any perfect hub, if any, and all of the accolades that accompany it.

      I enjoy the moments when I check my emails and there you are. I start to smile and then realize I have been BLESSED with a warm, caring, Special Friend in you.

      One day soon, I will go to your Fan Mail and send you a sample of my Abstract/Prose work.

      You have a peaceful day. And stay in touch.

      Kenneth

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Kenneth. Inspiration is vital to creativity, while it is there around us, sometimes it takes a vision to find it, or some sort of trigger. I am happy I am able to trigger that for you!

      You are most welcome and thank you.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      June 10, 2:32 p.m./cdst

      Dear wordswithlove,

      Thank you, dear friend, for your care that I do feel in your comment. I am resting now from what things I could do in my home. I so enjoy reading your comments. They give me a charge of hope for another hub or another idea. I am so grateful to have you in my life. I am honest. And I want to extend a warm, heart felt thanks to you for looking out for me.

      I wish the same for you, dear wordswithlove.

      And "please," stay in touch with me.

      Kenneth

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      I am sorry you have so many health issues to deal with, Kenneth. Yes, rest and a quiet pace are important for your well-being. Hope you have a calm and peaceful day!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      Okay. You are very persuasive and in a good way. I like that. I hope your day is going well. I have been busy for awhile. Now to shower and take a a nap.

      Such hard work. No. Serioiusly. This Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy acts up when I move about a lot and I have to rest.

      Thank YOU so much for being My Dear Friend and Follower.

      Love, Kenneth

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      But, Kenneth, friendship is always mutual! So let's just say, we are both honored, shall we? :)

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear wordswith love,

      You are welcome, dear friend, but it is I, whom is blessed with meeting you, such a warm, talented, and sensitive writer.

      You have a special gift. Do not ever hide it or ignore it. I sensed this the first time I read this hub.

      And yes, I am honored to meet you. I am so grateful that I have been blessed with a genuine friend.

      Kenneth

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for such a warm welcome and encouragement, Kenneth! I am honored to meet you.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest wordswithlove,

      Hi! I meant every word I said to you for they are the truth. You deserve a huge pat on the back! You are a terrific writer. And theoretically, I am new around here too, so we can help each other, so feel free to email me about anything at anytime.

      Oh, and welcome to Hubs.

      Thanks too for the sweet gesture of following me. I will never be able to pay you back.

      Just keep on turning-out great hubs like this one.

      Peace!

      Kenneth

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hello Kenneth! I am humbled by your praise and thank you for coming by to check out my hub. I am still new around here and a bit slow in publishing - life's daily grind keeps me from spending enough time doing what I love - writing.

      I shall most certainly become your follower and read your hubs! Thank you.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, wordswithlove,

      I love this hub. Amazing stuff. And it is all the truth. Voted up and away. Because you deserved it. This was moving, touching and very deep.

      You are one talented girl and I wish you only good things on or off of HP.

      I invite you to check my works, then become one of my followers.

      I would love that.

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Al.

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      You are very kind to say that, Jodah. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful poetic words, a pleasure to read. I look forward to reading many more.

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Wayne. So many young people are lost in today's world!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      "Youth is wasted on the young. Very nice work.

    • wordswithlove profile imageAUTHOR

      Neetu M 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Ken, for your kind and generous comment. I am pleased to meet you. Life is harsh and it pains me to see young people wither before their time, as sadly we see so many around us. There are some I have known personally and their plight compelled me to write this short poem.

      Thank you also for voting it up and sharing it.

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      Ken Snowdon 

      4 years ago

      Yes indeed youth for some is wasted away, if only we were as wise then as we are now, aged like vintage wine, pressed and molded into who we've become. These words captured my poetic attention, "Not in vibrant hues of spring Rather, layered in winter chills." beautifully worded, voted Up and shared.

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