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Can You Imagine

Can you imagine how it would be?

I remember when I was young.
To dream and wonder what I'd become.
The girls that I liked.
Holiday happiness with joy and delight.
My future in front of me is all I could see.
Can you imagine how it would be?

All the things, I could not wait for.
To be 16, there was nothing I wanted more.
To learn to drive and be my own man.
The time passed so slowly, I could not understand.
It seemed to me that fate was being too mean.
Can you imagine how it would be?

All the things I could do when I turned 21.
I wished for that everyday, I wanted to be on my own.
Having fun and going to the bar.
Being on my own and it seemed so far.
On to college to earn my degree.
Can you imagine how it would be?

Finding a girl so sweet and in Love.
My emotion is high and I'm in search of.
What to do now, I just don't know.
I love her so much, I want to be her hero.
Then comes marriage and our baby you see.
Can you imagine how it would be?

Watching my children grow as they do.
Life has changed and more bills come due.
I've grown up and now have more responsibility.
Life isn't bad at all, just a different party.
Kids move on and far away from me.
Can you imagine how it would be?

I've taught kid all that I can.
Now I can watch my kid become a man.
The days grow longer and the nights are hard.
I can spend my days working in my yard.
Life seems so short and not lonely.
Can you imagine how it would be?

I found happiness in all of my life.
Not just my kid or my loving wife.
With all my work throughout the years.
Through all the good times and the tears.
The most important thing was my family.
Can you imagine how it would be?

I open my eyes to see the bright sky.
My dream has ended and I know just why.
Today is my birthday and I am ten.
It's all a dream thinking back then.
My future is in front of me and that's what I see.
Can you imagine how it would be?

Copyright © Donald Williams

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  1. Date: 2/21/2014 11:33:00 PM
    You state: "I will never grow old. My learning is life long." Verlena I enjoyed reading this poem Donald. You are a genius in thought... Verlena

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 7:00:00 AM
    Brilliant! Straight to favorites. This is masterful.

    Walker  Avatar Verlena S. Walker
    Date: 2/21/2014 11:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My pseudonym Richard is Oblivion Dark Sunshine... Oblivion - No where to be but somewhere to come. Dark Sunshine - Psalmist All together - Writer of Poetry Therapy Thanks for your inquiry... Verlena
  1. Date: 3/28/2013 9:34:00 PM
    Dear Donald, A phenominal Pen. Every boy's ( or Girl's ) Dream, To grow up. I grew up in th Foster care. i had 26 abusive homes before the age of ten. I dreamt of growing up but for far different reason than this Masterfully done ten year olds Dream You brought tears to my eyes for what could have been. Enjoyed immencely (spelling) With LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 1:07:00 PM
    WOW! I love this poem! Absolutely wonderful! Keep up the good work!

    Williams Avatar Donald Williams
    Date: 3/27/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am honored that you enjoyed it so much. I am excited to know that my words bring joy to so many. thank so very much Connie.