14 Jun 2010

Once we were children

Last night my mind slipped back to when I was a child, and I remembered some of things that marked growing up. The everyday things that we all go through, they pass us by oh so fast!!
I wrote this short poem to help me remember a little of what it was like.

Once we were children

We liked to have mum kiss it better
Why was the bed damp one morning
We always want to be a little bit bigger
Want to be that bit taller, that's all
To stop wearing shorts, having plats
Wearing long skirts, trousers and that
Being allowed to play out, until it was dark
Walking to school all on our own
Eating the things we we're never allowed to
We thought to be clever was everything
Wanted mum and dad to always care
Never thought what we did made them scared
Then we started to do more things on our own
Feeling more grown up every day
Going to the movies on our own
Seeing girls and boys in a different ways
Though we were still just children in lots of ways
Then our bodies they begin to feel sort of strange
And the child starts to fade, fade completely away
An adult child is now on its way
We never noticed when the whole thing started
Never knew when the child departed
Its gone away now, and now we know
We can't go back, we don't need to grow
Though sometimes we'd like to dream again
To be children again and have the childhood things
In some ways I think it would be good, good for a day
Then I remember how I wanted to be tall
And how I got here that's about all
I am past it now and its all right
I don't need a light at night

Stephen. W.T  Read (2010)

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