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Stealer of Children

The children come to visit once or twice a week and they are fine, I'm sure, but not the ones I seek. Though tall and fair and handsome, not who I'd choose to meet: those grubby-kneed and tousled, the freshly apple-cheeked! Oh, what I'd give to see them running in the door, coats and hats and mittens, footprints on the floor. Cardboard forts and castles and the day they tried to take sand buckets full of water to make a bedroom lake! Another trip to the E.R. Superman has tried (with a towel for a cape) to fly above the concrete drive. My daughter's arm is up around a Great Dane's hulking dome. He's all alone, she said and declined to take him home. The toaster that they took apart to see how it was sprung, signal beeps from bedrooms where a net of wires was strung In hope of snaring messages from Tokyo or some Hong Kong, lipstick on the bathroom tiles when guests were due to come. I play my games with memory toys, pretend they're real again, but something of it's gone; It's time, time is the stealer of children.

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Date: 11/5/2022 2:36:00 PM
This is delightfully written, and it flows so smoothly, Elizabeth. Time shows no mercy: one day we are young, the next we are old! What he steals he never gives back! ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 11/5/2022 4:11:00 AM
Reminds me of ‘Puff the magic dragon’ which none of us realised, until the teacher told us, was about growing up. Kinda stuck with me ever since. Smashing write, Elizabeth. Terry
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 7:51:00 PM
Thanks, Terry! Some writing is like that; everybody takes away his own idea of it. I never thought of Puff that way, but, there you go! Elizabeth
Date: 10/27/2022 2:26:00 PM
Hi Elizabeth: Time moves on so quickly…..yes it steals so much, great title. SuZ
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 10/27/2022 5:14:00 PM
Thanks, Suzanne! I woke from a dream of my children laughing and playing and all day felt bereft! Elizabeth
Date: 10/27/2022 8:46:00 AM
In my family, the children are grown, only the toys have changed LOL
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Date: 10/27/2022 12:52:00 AM
Time stops for no one until the afterlife and its eternity. Then time will die.
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 10/27/2022 5:11:00 PM
Yes. Don't you love it when somebody refers to an event, say the towers, and you're sure it was only two or three years ago? Where have all the roses gone? Elizabeth
Date: 10/26/2022 10:51:00 PM
Sad, but beautiful and true. xx Oh, lordy, my oh my..."and the day they tried to take sand buckets full of water to make a bedroom lake!" lol. Over in a flash. Blink and the magic disappears.
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 10/27/2022 5:07:00 PM
Dear Lady! I was so pleased with your comment. I love your work, so intricate, beautiful, and frightening! Elizabeth
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 10/26/2022 11:35:00 PM
all of the re-tell here, suggests highly creative prodigy. lol ... re the one with lipstick on mirrors, made me think of this.... "Artist covers entire house with doodles" - BBC News /
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 10/26/2022 11:34:00 PM
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Date: 10/26/2022 9:24:00 PM
One minute they are there playing with toys and before we know it they are gone! I look back over the past, did I let them grow up too fast? I guess time just stole them. Wonderful poem Elizabeth.
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 10/27/2022 5:19:00 PM
Kind of you to comment, Wendy. I thought hey, maybe other people feel this way, too! Turns out, they do! Elizabeth
Date: 10/26/2022 8:40:00 PM
True enough. Time steals a lot of things, though it can't steal our memories. (Then again, there's Alzheimer's to do that). On the other hand: The best is yet to come. I truly believe that, and I guess I'm living proof. Life began at 40 for me, and then kicked in even better at 69. Go figure!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/3/2022 7:31:00 PM
I agree up to a point. 70's are great mentally. Physically (for me) - not so much.... And I can't believe you're 90. I maintain that you're 90 going on 9! What's a zero here and there, anyway?!!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 10/26/2022 8:51:00 PM
I've got good news! The 70's are even better! Must admit I'm stalled somewhat now..at 90. Liz