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Being Young

February 7, 2012
By beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt


Playing outside, running around...
all seem to be so far away from me.
Mom was right---it does go by fast.

When the world was simple,
and nothing darkened my days.
Free and unburdened I was---

I thought my time unlimited,
that I would stay the same.
How wrong I was!

I wore a sparkly crown,
donning pretty dresses,
wishing on stars,
wielding a magic wand.

That girl never wore
paint to hide her face
or cared about
matching her clothes.

Endless games of Candy Land,
Pokemon battles on Gameboy,
my imaginary friends,
Barbie dolls,
dress up...

...now replaced with...

games of "What do you wanna be?",
studying desperately for A's,
having responsibilities,
working to save money,
doing chores...

But I do remember
the wind ruffling my clothes,
pushing me toward the sky---
my strong, little legs swinging

up high, with my eyes closed tight
almost at the height of my swing---
smiling, screaming excitedly.

Positioning my body,
seeing the ground below,
unsure about jumping---
Whispering to myself: 1, 2, 3...

How I yearn for those times---
where every cut, bruise or bite
could be healed with a hug and a kiss.


The author's comments:
Don't we all miss our childhood? At least a little bit?

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Sophia said...
on Feb. 11 2014 at 3:25 pm
  Hello! I'm entering a large group speech contest this month, and I was wondering if I could have permission to read your poem? My topic is childhood and growing up, and I think this would be perfect. I can be sure to credit you with your name if you're interested. Let me know!  Sophia 

on Jul. 22 2013 at 12:03 pm
writefearless SILVER, Manila, Other
8 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
scare your fear before it scares you.

reading this made me remember my childhood, and i miss how simple life was when you're a little kid.  this is lovely ♥

capp4 said...
on Apr. 6 2013 at 8:25 am
i love this poem

on Apr. 22 2012 at 6:16 pm
Evagline.Brisa.Wilder GOLD, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-Albert Einstein

This reminds me of me and the kids I babysit.

on Apr. 19 2012 at 11:47 am
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1401 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Cool thanks:)

 


teamo14 BRONZE said...
on Apr. 19 2012 at 11:46 am
teamo14 BRONZE, Paris, Other
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It's amazing "being young" :)

on Apr. 2 2012 at 8:34 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1401 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Thanks for that! I look forward to reading some of your work as well~

on Apr. 2 2012 at 8:05 pm
kelseycascadia GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
13 articles 4 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you" ~ Dr. Seuss

This is a great piece of writing! You really capture the essense of childhood, memories, and the past in such a clear and simple way that it reads as the audiences' own story, and sounds like someone telling a story. Yet the imagery is one of a poets. Good job :)

on Apr. 1 2012 at 5:00 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1401 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Cool thanks~

on Apr. 1 2012 at 4:57 pm
eternal_sunshine SILVER, Minnetonka, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.

Beautifully written, I really got a feel of your message. You made it specific to you, but I found it easily relatable.

Nice job :)


on Mar. 20 2012 at 7:50 am
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1401 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

I'm glad you like it~

on Mar. 20 2012 at 7:48 am
loveissmiles GOLD, Lynn, Indiana
13 articles 0 photos 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I live for the nights I can't remember with the people I will never forget." -Carassisa M-<3

"What the mind can perceive, the body can achieve." -Softball Coach Steve B-

Once again, BEAUTIFUL! this is amazing. Elegantly written. I love this. It's wonderful.

on Mar. 16 2012 at 2:47 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
35 articles 0 photos 1401 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you! It's so nice to have someone comment on one of my newest pieces.

dreamshaker said...
on Mar. 16 2012 at 2:28 pm
dreamshaker, Clarkston, Michigan
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This was beautiful.
I loved it so much - the message was lovely.

You're very talented.