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When I Went Barefoot

Updated on May 17, 2013

When I went barefoot, everything was OKAY.

Just being me, happy and carefree, a little boy at PLAY.

When I went barefoot, I had it MADE.

Life was simpler, no need to be AFRAID.

When I went barefoot, life seemed so GOOD.

There had not yet been Oklahoma City, Columbine, or 9/11, wow, how those mighty towers STOOD.

There was no internet, no Twitter, no reality SHOWS.

Wasn't any need to know or care what celebrities thought, did, or lifestyle they CHOSE.

As I started to mature, I didn't go barefoot as much ANYMORE.

I had no clue, nor did you, what the next few decades had in STORE.

There became more earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, wars, school and theater shootings, and other senseless forms of HOMICIDE.

The advancement of technology makes our lives open books for the world to look INSIDE.

When I went barefoot, those days are long gone, in another time & SPACE.

Looking past the ugliness, the world is such a beautiful PLACE.


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    • Man of Strength profile image

      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thanks, Cat. I'm a nostalgic person & the 80's were the greatest days to me. I do worry about kids growing up now. With all the technology & social media, these children are growing up alot faster than we did. They're exposed to so much, far too soon.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength,

      I think it's time we take our shoes of and start running barefoot again! You beautifully wrote the words that I scream in my head. I always talk and think about days gone by and how things have changed. I was a child of the 80's and I constantly refer to how different things are now and how drastically they've changed in such a short period of time. I noticed your comment about your grandparents and I'll bet you're right, but I think the technological advancements and media obssession of the 90's was the end of innocence. I make my kids listen to stories of my childhood :D and though they too run barefoot, they will never truly comprehend what days gone by were like. The world is a different place and probably scarier too, but there is still beauty to be appreciated and you pointed that out wonderfully! :-)

      Up, awesome and beautiful!


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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thank you for taking the time to read it, I bet my grandparents felt the same way about life when I was growing up in the 80s.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Yes, my friend, in spite of it all, the world is indeed a beautiful place, no matter what we, as a society mat do to despoil it in our greed. I too long for those barefoot days, when I could run outside in the summer sprinkles and make footprints in the mud. Days long ago, and so precious in our memories. Thank you for sharing this poignant and well written work. whonu

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thank you for reading.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      sweet poem :-)

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      Prashant angiras 4 years ago from shimla(india)

      you have written for good cause,i admire that.good work.