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Watching grandkids is like watching time

Updated on March 26, 2016
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Grandchildren growing,
Still learning (not knowing).
Becoming quite tall.
Having a ball.
Huge appetite -
morning 'til night.

I was that way
back in the day.

Getting some older.
Days turning colder.
Time is most fleeting,
What was - now repeating.
Although there is yearning,
For me, no returning.

In those kids I see me.
Not as I now be.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hello AudreyHowitt -

      I probably was thinking anxiety-filled thoughts when I put this little verse together, but right now, as I consider the whole situation, it may be more of joy at watching good kits working hard to grow up. Some days it is difficult to distinguish one from the other.

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Jools99 -

      Sometimes the things we read are neat matches for thoughts we have. Note, too, that it takes lots of time to write poems about "time" such as you have done. Thanks for the kind comment and about the visions your sister conjured about hairstyles while awaiting an inconvenient bus crash. There's nothing quite like being in an impending bus accident to make a person see hair just all over the place. :-)

      Gus :-)))

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You capture the angst of this so well--do we ever really feel old wjen we watch children play?

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Fantastic! I have just written a poem about time and this is the perfect partner to it - time's march on can't be avoided but nostalgia is a huge part of the journey time takes. My sister was once on a bus that went into a skid in the icy winter. She phoned me to tell me "Well I'm fine but when it happened, I saw all my previous hairstyles pass before my eyes" :o) Nostalgia is sometimes a mixture of good and bad (a sense of humour helps!)

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hello Nithya (Vellur) -

      It is always a great pleasure for anyone who writes to learn that someone was pleased by the words of one of their poems. Thank you.

      Yesterday my wife and I were visited by our youngest granddaughter, now a beginning teenager. She had grown much taller and was such a beauty that it really amazed the two of us. That is what this poem is really all about. They grow up and, hopefully, will all better their ancestors.

      Gus :-)))

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, beautifully expressed.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Good Doctor bj - Checked the comment roster as I was getting ready to close down for the evening - and there you were - voice at its usual finest - and avatar with all of the feathers in place. :-)

      Speaking of poetry, I am likely about to catch the Dickens for the posting I made today concerning those pesky poetic forms. I had to have a wee bit of fun - not all that much time for good stuff like that now that I have reached the age of secure social acclimatization.

      Gus :-)))

      Note: Saw for the first time that I can reply from afar - right from the "Comment" tab thingie...

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Not only does time go by too damn fast, Gus, but as the Pennsylvania Dutch say: "We are too soon oldt, and too late shmart.'

      Enjoyed your poetry, y'know.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      SilentReed - Your addition is most apt. I wish that I had thought of that before tacking on that final period.

      Gus :-)))

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      Having grand kids of my own, I too feel the sentiments of this poem. But I might add that their smiles, laughter and zest for life add warm to the "Days turning colder" :)

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Rolly (Rolly A Chabot) -

      Thanks for the read. Well, Sir - if the back does go out on a person, they can always get a quick fix if they simply back up to a tree as you suggest in one of your fine "Fireside Chat" collections.

      It is really something else what I person can learn from the others here on HubPages.

      Gus :-)))

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gus... Great reminder of where we find ourselves in life. Try being that kid again and it means a chiropractic adjustment and a few days of muscle relaxers lol.... great poem and I love the way you allowed me to look in the mirror.

      Rolly in Canada

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Kathi (Fossillady) -

      My goodness, Kathi. With all of this good feedback, I may just have to begin writing some poems. I think that I will take on the writing of "dumb poems." Seems to me that they would more fit my personality. (I may have to look at the profile page to see what that personality might be...)

      You all are way too kind - but I appreciate that. I will keep a most apt expression in mind as i proceed - "Old age ain't for sissies."

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howzit Martie (MartieCoetser) -

      Thank you for your kind comment. I was but musing around a bit. Probably insufficient sugar in the coffee (or something on that order). :-)

      Gus :-)))

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I agree with Martie whole heartedly! I felt like I was in the moment with you watching the grandkids; only don't have any of my own yet. Looking forward to that! :O)

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      What a striking poem! Totally awesome!

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Faythe (faythef) -

      Happy I am that you liked this little poem. I have truly read many better poems, but this one was from the inside - and I guess that is a good place for a poem to start. Thanks for the read.

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Martin (Mhatter99) - I have told these two things to other nice people, and so I will repeat them for you -

      61 is still a baby.

      Check out the kids next door. Some smart folks loan theirs out to neighbors. :-)

      Gus :-)))

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I'm 61 and don't see any grand-kids in my future.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      great poem..and so true of life.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Michelle (midget38) -

      I reckon that you are correct in your assessment of things - the little child inside works for me, too. That doggone kid still aggravates the daylights out of my bride. One of her favorite comments is that I all too often "act like a child." :-)

      But you are right to think things like those - and to learn that I managed to stick such good stuff into that little piece of writing. Wonders will never, ever cease.

      Gus :-)))

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I see this in another way too, Gus...other than realizing how old we are, this tells us about the little child that is still in each one of us, the passions that are still waiting to grow. Great little poem!!

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      "b" (b.Malin) - Yup. Good news always seems to come on Mondays. If the beat does go on, perhaps Mondays will mean more "grand times" ahead for us. Wouldn't that be something?

      I'd rather hang around here on HubPages for a time tonight, but there's a bunch of heavy lifting I must tend to ere the clock signals sleep-time.

      Enjoyed visiting with you.

      Gus :-)))

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Gus,

      How true, How True! I so Enjoyed your Poem, from one Generation to the next and then... Grandchildren, and the "Beat" goes on!

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Neighbor Nellieanna -

      Checked out your great "Sock it to me" hub and found it good reading. Had a poem in one of my poetry collection things here on the HubPages some time back that had a line in it similar to one in "Sock..." - this was what "The King of the Worms" had to say at that time - "Tickle my nose and scratch my toes - with that I'd be delighted." https://hubpages.com/literature/Dumb-Poem-Collecti...

      So we are not only neighbors, we say stuff quite alike I suppose. And that's what neighbors tend to do, don't they?

      Around here we are "greats" now 1-1/2 times so far. Kinda like my wise father used to tell me, "Try not to look back much beyond the "greats or, at worst, the great-greats. If you do, Son, you are bound to be disappointed by uncovering a rascal of the sort you would have not wanted for an ancestor." Pop seemed to be serious about it, too. :-)

      Gus :-)))

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Gus - this is precious! As one who is a grandparent to people ranging in age from 13 to 37 and greatgrandparent to people ranging from 2 months to nearly 18 - (meaning great-great could be in my horizon!) - I'm ever awed by what their BEING means!

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hello "VP" (Valleypoet) -

      I have just returned from a pleasant visit to the Ribble Valley District in Lancashire (via Google Earth) and saw that it is nestled between some low mountains to the south and higher ones to the north - and lots of farm fields with their dividing hedgerows showing, too. Great place to reside, so it is no wonder that your poetry is so good to experience.

      I am happy that you enjoyed the musings of "Grandpa." I envy the fellow in the photograph. He gets to wear a nifty hat indoors. That photographer caught him in the pose and with the demeanor I sought to go with this little poem.

      Gus :-)))

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Kids and grand kids are a good reminder of how fast the clock is ticking, but also a reminder that we shouldn't waste a single minute of what we have...enjoyed this Gus, thank you :-))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Neighbor Peggy -

      No need to have grandkids when it is easy enough to borrow some from the folks who live nearby. You can watch all the kids get on your own schedule, too. What really hits home for me is observing the adults of the world do their things and to realize that it was not all that long ago when they were not yet here on earth and that it was likely that their parents were still struggling with arithmetic in the grade schools. Scary, too. I can sit here and remember working at my first full-time job more than 60 years ago - and we have a president who can reach out and maybe touch 60 years if he really stretches super-hard. Just thinking about stuff like that boggles my mind, at least it boggles the parts that have not yet turned into hardened cement or crumbled to sawdust.

      By the way, I put up that article about photo laws and the like you suggested. It was fun to do. So, thanks for suggesting it.

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      "WND" (wetnosedogs) -

      The more you feed 'em, the faster and the bigger they grow. Five is still a baby. Things get to be downright astonishing when and after they double that number - guaranteed. You and I are lucky to have grandkids. Let 'em stretch on out there and have fun watching it happen.

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Patrick (Paddyboy) - Them there bones get old and squeaky, don't they?

      Gus :-)))

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Ah...so very true! Although we do not have kids or grandkids, just watching the neighbor kids run about and play with abandon makes me realize how much older we are getting. Time is certainly speeding up! Have you noticed? Ha!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I love watching my grandkids and they surely do grow up fast. The oldest will be five shortly(I swear he was just a babe yesterday) and the youngest just turned two(Now him, I swear was just a babe 2 days ago!)Ah, enjoy them now - life goes too fast.

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      PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Great poem Gus. I am there already. I might think that I am a sixty one year old kid, but my body don't agree with that!

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Good afternoon Sally (sallybea) -

      Well, I don't know who the subject of that photo is or was, but photographer, Chilombiano, caught him with the right aging look that seemed to go with this little poem. You are exactly "right on" as to the kids growing up so very rapidly. Now I understand about my own parents' searching stares they used to give us kids from time to time.

      Gus :-)))

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      How time flies and how quickly they grow - that is a great image whoever he may be.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      "KKG" (KoffeeKlatch Gals) -

      Yes. It may be good for us to be able to see ourselves in those kids, but it may be a wee bit scary, too, from time to time. When I was with that crew yesterday it more or less startled me to witness how quickly they are growing up - and how short a time ago it was when we were all doing that ourselves. Interesting times, this geriatric nonsense.

      Gus :-)))

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      "SIE"{ (shiningirisheyes) - Either you are following me around this fine wintry day, or I am following you. Either way, it is satisfying.

      Happy I am that you enjoyed the grandpa deal. It happened because of yesterday's visits from all of our local grandkids. My goodness, they are stretching out like old Jack-in-the-Beanstalk's bean plant. One of them is now 6-1/2 feet tall. Shoes like big gunboats. Voice getting lower than the bottom of the earth. The others have gone from chubby to stretchy. The youngest boy, now 12, told me that I must cook up some more enchiladas "for him." That came about from having send a load of the things over to their place the day earlier. Evidently, the little wart ate the whole bucketload of them.

      That sort of thing brought some eternity to mind. I'd like to add on about another 100 years or so, for I am curious about what is yet to come along. (Ain't we all?)

      Gus :-)))

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Gus, this is great. I think as we watch our grandchildren we all see us in them. Up and awesome.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Gus - What an awesome ability with poetry. Very deep, meaningful and unfortunately - so true. I relate well with this.

      You know what they say ..."Youth is wasted on the young".

      Blessings to you my creative and insightful friend.

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