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Tranquility

Oh little one, how soon you'll be
In turbulence of puberty.

I will hold tight your days of youth 
And share with you my honest truth 

That innocence ingrained at birth,
Precious childhood days filled with mirth,

Will be so fleeting... you will see
The need for God's tranquility.

How grandma's age is redefined
When your teen years become aligned

With thoughts of struggles, I go through,
The many shades in every hue,

That colors life for me today.
In these sweet days, I watch you play

As I instill the grains of hope,
An inner strength to help you cope

With all the changes life will bring.
The ups and downs from early spring

Throughout your life in winter years
When you, like me, through joys and tears

Have lived a life you feel has worth;
Have given back to better earth.

When you have children of your own
And you too, see how they have grown,

My hope is that you let them know
That through their life where e'er they go

They carry with them bits of me,
Please share with them, tranquility.

May 9, 2017

The teenage years and the golden years are 
the most difficult to endure. Both are fraught 
with emotions...of facing life...of facing death.

~Poem of the Day May 11, 2017~

Poem of the day Poetry Contest ~Second Place~
Sponsor Richard Lamoureux 

Your Best Poem that is Trophy Worthy Contest 1 Poetry Contest
Sponsor Tania Kitchin 

I feel this poem is Trophy worthy because it is my
highest favored poem here since I became a member
in January of 2010. Many identify with my sentiments
and this is a poem I want to be remembered for penning.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 4/28/2019 3:23:00 PM
I had forgotten how really beautiful this poem is, Connie! Reading it again is a double pleasure. Congratulations on your very merited win. a fav ~ Regards // paul
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 4/28/2019 4:10:00 PM
Oh thank you so much Paul. My daughter and family are moving an hour's flight away to the Big Island so I will not get to see my sweet little granddaughters very much at all after this June. They mean everything to me. I know how much you love yours. Hugs, Connie xxoo
Date: 4/27/2019 6:06:00 PM
Connie, I am so pleased to see and read this lovely poem, one of my faves, again! My heartfelt congratulations on another win! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 4/28/2019 6:07:00 AM
Thank you Sandra. I remember how fast my youngest daughter grew up and I know I will blink and my grandchildren will be in their teens. It hit me oneday which is what inspired this poem. I appreciate your lovely comment. xxoo
Date: 4/26/2019 7:05:00 AM
Another triumph for this wonderful POTD, Connie, full of insight and character. Well done.
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Date: 4/26/2019 2:01:00 PM
Thank you Phil. So nice to hear from you. xxoo
Date: 4/26/2019 4:54:00 AM
Connie, this is such a lovely touching poem, and I was moved by what you said in your notes about the unexpected parallels between facing life and facing death. I think the biggest drawback of having children late is that I shall be a quite elderly grandmother. I hope I get the opportunity to pass things on to my grandchildren. Anyway, a gorgeous, lyrical, sad poem and a privilege to read.
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Date: 4/26/2019 2:01:00 PM
Thank you Nina. My grandchildren are young the girls are seven and my grandson is 9 now. I think it has been wonderful being older with them because a I am more patient and I treasure them more. Thank you for such a nice comment. xxoo
Date: 4/26/2019 12:13:00 AM
You are welcome Connie. You are a bright light here at the soup.
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Date: 4/25/2019 9:25:00 AM
Congrats on your win, thanks for entering my contest. I so enjoyed reading this one again.
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Date: 4/25/2019 11:08:00 PM
Thank you very much Richard. So many can relate to growing older and how things change. I am happy to be on your winner's list Richard. xxoo
Date: 2/19/2019 4:34:00 AM
Connie, you heart is like a saints, I know. Thanks for being my friend and congratulations for getting your poem on the best ever list. Just a brief stopover from me. Think of you all the time Love Jannie
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Date: 2/2/2019 4:03:00 AM
Beautifully written. My oldest grand is 10. In a few years this would be something I'd share with her. Words of wisdom.
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Date: 9/23/2018 9:25:00 PM
This is so true. Our little ones grow up so fast. Then before you know it they are having children of their own. While we are dealing with our parents ailments and our own. This was very well written. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 9/1/2018 7:51:00 AM
This is really beautiful,truth and understanding ingrained with spirituality. A lovely read. I would like it for a favourite. Thank you. Kind thoughts.June
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Date: 9/1/2018 11:28:00 PM
This poem I have found many relate to, as it is my top poem here at Poetry Soup. Thank you for being so kind as to fave it. I appreciate your comment very much June. Blessings and Aloha, Connie : )
Date: 8/29/2018 4:45:00 PM
This is beautiful Connie.Spiritually uplifting and so full of wisdom. A joy to read.
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Date: 7/5/2018 9:58:00 AM
There is so much truth and insight here. My grands are entering their teens and I will reread when I need a reminder of the important role a grandparent plays. Thanks!
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Date: 6/21/2018 7:48:00 PM
This gem has become your SECOND best according to Soup! The Island poem remains FIRST!
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Date: 6/22/2018 1:44:00 AM
Actually they just left it that way Andrea. But Tranquility has way more faves and is my best faved poem. I wrote it for Carissa. : )
Date: 10/29/2017 8:25:00 AM
Where was I? I missed this one. A truly wonderful pen, a legacy in the making. Congratulations on it's well deserved recognition, and thank you for leading me to it :) <3 xomo
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Date: 8/2/2017 6:19:00 AM
Congrats on this inspiring piece of work, Connie!
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Date: 8/4/2017 2:59:00 AM
Thank you very much Sushma. I wrote this for my grandchildren boy 7 and girl 5. : )
Date: 8/1/2017 6:13:00 PM
wow, i am so pleased for you, Connie. You topped it over many others in this contest. And it's a well deserved win. It was one of my favorites of yours from the year. BIG congrats
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Date: 8/1/2017 8:23:00 PM
Thank you so much Andrea. I was blown away and thrilled at my second placement. I don't have any first trophy wins like you do, so this means a lot. One day I will get that first trophy win. There are so many great poets here that it may take a long time. : )
Date: 8/1/2017 1:12:00 PM
Wonderful to read again Ms. Connie, congratulations again...
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Date: 8/1/2017 3:46:00 PM
Thank you so much Charlie I was blown away to see that this took second place! It was written for my grandchildren. : )
Date: 8/1/2017 12:18:00 PM
I remember loving this one a little while back; still as striking on a second read-through. Delighted to see you place so highly on the winner's list, Connie. Congratulations! All the best, John.
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Date: 8/1/2017 3:48:00 PM
It makes me feel so happy to hear your encouraging words John. I was in shock to find out this placed second! There were so many awesome entries including yours. Mahalo Nui Loa my friend! : )
Date: 8/1/2017 8:25:00 AM
Congrats on you win, Connie!
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Date: 7/28/2017 3:03:00 PM
I enjoy this poem among your quality poems. Writing great poems is a way of "giving back a gift..."
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 7/28/2017 3:08:00 PM
I feel that way too Hannah. Thank you so much! : )
Date: 7/23/2017 9:20:00 AM
What a gorgeous and wise piece!
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Date: 7/23/2017 8:48:00 PM
Thank you Richard. I wrote it with both my g.kids in mind. ; )
Date: 6/29/2017 5:53:00 PM
A beautiful write Connie.
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Date: 6/29/2017 6:09:00 PM
I wrote this for my grandchildren. Thank you very much James. : )
Date: 6/17/2017 8:12:00 PM
I love this, Connie. Such wonderful advice too. Great Mother's Day poem...and a FAV for me. Carole :)
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Date: 6/18/2017 6:30:00 AM
It makes me very happy when someone faves one of my poems Carole. Thank you so very much I really appreciate your support. This poem is special because it is about my grandchildren. : )
Date: 6/2/2017 3:37:00 PM
Connie, that's beautiful. You just reminded me how quickly the lil ones grow...
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 6/2/2017 11:13:00 PM
Nice to meet another Connie, tho my legal name is actually Constance. My children grew up so fast, though I loved every age of their growth. I only have one child living in Hawaii. The other three live in California. We spend a lot of time on the phone. Thank you. Aloha, Connie : )
Date: 6/2/2017 1:08:00 PM
Dear Connie: I awas so much in awe of your poem that it reminded me of a similar poem I wrote after my wife's mothers passing. I will share it in an email with you.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 6/2/2017 11:07:00 PM
I look forward to reading it Ralph. Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. : )
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