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From Birth to the Grave

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From Birth to the Grave


We are children from birth to the grave
searching for love, desperate for a home.
Look past the facade, the eyes shining brave
to see the innocence, the child who roams.

We are children from birth to the grave
sharing our hopes from a candle of light.
One burns on the sill, our promise to save
the child once lost in the perilous night.

We are children from birth to the grave
with dogged desire to shed aging skin.
On a quest, we seek the purpose we crave,
each breath exhaling the fear still within.

We are children from birth to the grave
cradling offspring with smiles like our own.
Freed from the past, we forgive brutes and knaves
until in sleep, the child cries with a moan.



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  1. Date: 9/1/2012 3:25:00 PM
    wonderful heartfelt poem, here Rhonda,

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 2:26:00 PM
    Very much the facts here Rhonda, no matter how much we believe we have grown up, we are mere children, being influence or led by one power or the other...hopefully the better one!? Thank you for your beautiful comments on "In My Quiet Place". One love. Joy Wells

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 10:02:00 AM
    Rhonda; This is a beautiful poem that touches the heart and soul. This is what poetry is all about - to touch someone's heart and soul. Thanks and have a great day. Lucilla

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 9:57:00 AM
    You've taken this through a journey in life...each verse shedding light on it's path. Enjoyed !!! Enjoy your dance in the moonlight !!!

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 9:51:00 AM
    I loved each line, the rhyme flowed perfectly. From the cradle to the grave, life has never been easy! Very good write poet!

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 8:12:00 AM
    Very deep well thought out work..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for stopping by..I appreciate the kind review..If we could only save that child lost in the perilous night but only the saving power of the Higher Power can do that..Sara

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 8:01:00 AM
    What a very enlightening write my friend! We are all still children at heart, just wanting to let it all out, however our innocence is lost, we are still not the same as a child no matter how much we try to be! But still we are like a child in our thoughts and sometimes our actions! This is a wonderful poem Rhonda, I really enjoyed reading it this morning! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 5:24:00 AM
    Yes it's true words Rhonda, and very well written (as always). Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend. oxox love Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 3:28:00 AM
    Wow....this is very nice....indeed we all have a child in us ,who refuses to grow up....xx

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 12:27:00 AM
    Rhonda, a very powerful thought and poem.. the skin we live in, takes us to that end you, called grave... great verse... always~PD