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Childhood Poems

Read wonderful childhood poetry on the following sub-topics: bad, celebrating, early, friends, funny, growing up, happy, innocence, lost, memories, nostalgia, trauma, sad, and more. Read a definition and example (where appropriate).

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List of New Poems

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Premium Member Poem Bring On The Dancing Bears Sandra Haight Rhyme childhood, life, memory,
Premium Member Poem The Good Stuff John Crowe Rhyme childhood, family, history, love,
Premium Member Poem Still Breathing Raven Dream Rhyme child abuse, childhood, conflict,
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Skipping Pebbles Ross Clavewood Prose Poetry absence, childhood, deep, emotions,
Premium Member Poem Childhood's Sun - 21 Andrea Dietrich Rhyme childhood,
Premium Member Poem Grandad's Moustache Judy Dunbar Rhyme child, childhood, cute, fun,
Premium Member Poem Down a Storm Drain Gone Forever Andrea Dietrich Quatrain childhood,
Facebook As Confessional Minus Sexual Abuse matthew harris Bio childhood, 6th grade, 7th grade,
Submerged Troy Toney Rhyme adventure, blessing, childhood, courage,
Shades Of Blue Josette Key Rhyme childhood, beautiful, blue, boy, child,
Never too old Robert Broadbent Rhyme age, childhood, grandfather,
The Secret's Out Bette Bavington Villanelle adventure, childhood, education, fairy,
Premium Member Poem Anyone Game Sheri Fresonke Harper Free verse analogy, childhood, fun, games,
Angel -FV purbasha roy Free verse childhood, memory,
Hide And Seek Bette Bavington Rhyme adventure, appreciation, childhood, confidence,
Anyone Game Nick Bagnall Haiku childhood, games, parents,
Oh Sweet Mother Jakob Towell Rhyme addiction, childhood, heart, loneliness,
RAGAS - PART2 aditi sheemar Narrative childhood, 12th grade, appreciation, caregiving,
Childhood Memories Jali the Bard Limerick america, bullying, childhood, depression,
Premium Member Poem When I'm 64 Kevin Shaw Rhyme childhood, fun, memory, music,
Conditional Love Keith Dovoric Verse abuse, childhood, desire, education,
Premium Member Poem An act of cruelty Vera Duggan Rhyme childhood, anti bullying, child, child
Premium Member Poem A Scraping of Shovels Janice Canerdy Etheree childhood, memory,
Remember The Days Troy Toney Rhyme childhood, adventure, allusion, appreciation, blessing,
Betrayed William Liu Free verse 11th grade, childhood, conflict,
To Be King In The Land Of Princess Bette Bavington Rhyme adventure, appreciation, childhood, education,
Premium Member Poem I Remember Dear Heart Verse childhood, memory,
Premium Member Poem A SCRAPING OF SHOVELS Cindi Rockwell Free verse abuse, childhood, death, grief,
Gaslit Nightmare Victoria Lucas Blank verse childhood, corruption, growing up,
Premium Member Poem An Annoyance Jack Ellison Limerick childhood,
Premium Member Poem What Is Love Gregory R Barden Sonnet appreciation, childhood, love, meaningful,
Premium Member Poem The Monkey Trail Anthony Slausin Free verse childhood,
7th In Heaven Dahlya wise Etheree childhood, first love, for
Premium Member Poem Longer than Eternity Gershon Wolf Rhyme age, childhood, life, school,
LOVE STUFF Thomas Theophilus Narrative childhood, humor, inspirational, love,
Memories - LOL aditi sheemar Verse childhood, 10th grade, adventure, cheer
Gone too soon Kevon Worrell Free verse appreciation, childhood, death of
FRANTIC SHOVELS Ann Gilmour Monoku beach, childhood, natural disasters,
Left Foot, Right Foot Jakob Towell Rhyme childhood, cry, farewell, hate,
June Jakob Towell Rhyme childhood, absence, angel, beautiful, beauty,
Little fires Kevin Stephens Couplet beautiful, childhood, fire, imagery,
Bygone days Robert Broadbent Rhyme childhood,
children leonard maddalena ABC childhood, feelings, heart, inspirational
Premium Member Poem Spring CayCay Jennings Haiku change, childhood, earth, emotions,
Premium Member Poem A Childhood Memory John lawless Roundel childhood,
He Never Did Mind Victoria Lucas I do not know? childhood, corruption, self,
Lunch Box-HC purbasha roy Haiku child, childhood, memory,
Premium Member Poem Never grow up Charlie Knowlton Free verse childhood, imagination, sunshine, winter,
Snakes And Mr Baines curtis johnson Prose boy, childhood,
Forever, The End Jakob Towell Free verse childhood, absence, abuse, addiction, anger,

About This Page

Childhood Poems. Above are examples of poems about childhood. This list of childhood poems is composed of the works of modern international poet members of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of childhood poetry. This list of works about childhood is an excellent resource for examples on how to write childhood poems.

Childhood Poem Example

Will You Tie My Shoes When I Grow Old

You were beautiful, 
my tiny child, 
wrapped tightly in my arms, 
close to my heart.
I listened to you breathing.
I counted your fingers
and your toes.
Helpless, 
you cried out to me
and I loved you
with every ounce of my soul.

Will you hear me
when I cry out? 
Will you hold me close
as I held you then? 

I remember the day
You took your first step.
There was no stopping you.
Your feet gave you freedom
to explore the world
like never before
but danger lurked.
I opened those doors anyway, 
cautiously, 
and introduced
you to the world.
Where will you be
when my legs
no longer run? 
no longer work? 
Will you realize
that I love
freedom too? 

I laugh
about that day
you first tied your shoe.
We tried and tried
to get that rabbit
in that hole
and you finally did it.
You pointed your toes
for everyone to see
how proud you were.

I am proud too, 
of my writing
and my drawing, 
of my needlework
and my cooking.
But my hands are beginning to ache
and my fingers will not bend.
I will lose the things
that make me proud
except for you.
Hopefully not you.
Will you let me
brag on you? 
Even tell wild stories
that are a bit beyond the truth? 
Will you be proud of me too? 

I waved good-bye
that morning when you left
on that large, yellow bus.
I was so scared.
I know you were too.
You waved at me bravely
through the dusty window
but I saw the water
forming in your eyes.
You came home, however, 
full of pride and joy.
You sang the alphabet song
and got most of it right.
You practiced for hours
until you could sing it
even in your sleep.

But 
I'm afraid.
I forgot
whether I took
my pills today or not.
I forgot
if I told this story before.
I even forgot once
who you were
and it terrified me.
My mind
is my treasure
the only thing I have left, 
and I heard you make
fun of me
for not remembering
that I gave you the
same gift as last year.
Will you love me
when I no longer
know who I am? 

You came home blushing
from the glow of
your first kiss.
Your first love, 
the one you thought was real.
You talked about him non-stop.
You changed for him. You gave.
But he left you anyway
for a blue-eyed girl
and I held you
while you cried for him.

I too have a
broken heart.
The love of my life
left me after
fifty-six years.
He left me here
to live life on my own
while he moved on
to another realm
And I cry for him too.
I long for his shoulder
and strong embrace.
I feel betrayed
because he and I
made a deal
that we would never
leave the other alone.
Yet I am alone
sitting in an echoing house
with no hands to hold.

You welcomed her home today- 
your tiny baby girl.
She has your eyes
and possibly your toes.
I see you counting them
as they roll me
into the room.
You finally came
to visit.
It has been a while.

You look up at me
with tears in your eyes
and ask
almost desperately, 

"Will she tie my
shoes
when I get old? "

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