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Growing Up Poems

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PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
The Intersection A.O. Taner Free verse growing up, anxiety, appreciation, beautiful, break
Premium Member Poem A MOTHER'S LOVE Line Gauthier Free verse encouraging, future, growing up,
2 Matthew Parcher Rhyme growing up, devotion, encouraging, faith, growing
Foreshortened Perspective Maurice Rigoler Didactic growing up, identity, life,
Premium Member Poem WISHING Line Gauthier Free verse dream, future, growing up,
Egg hunters Edward Schmitz Rhyme growing up, celebration, childhood, children, growing
On Me Kyle N. Sampson I do not know? blue, grief, growing up,
Firsts Rene Carter Rhyme first love, growing up,
Eyes : Multicolored RA Shagun Haiku growing up, bullying, discrimination, green, growing
Long In The Tooth Skeptic matthew harris Free verse growing up, art, celebration, daughter, growing
Premium Member Poem BIRTHDAY KISSES Line Gauthier Free verse growing up, birthday, boy, celebration, growing
Bushman Among the Buses Emily Joshua Free verse growing up, adventure, change, childhood, culture,
Premium Member Poem Writing Poetry John Crowe Rhyme growing up, journey, life,
Premium Member Poem SUDDENLY SWANS Line Gauthier Free verse growing up, bullying, change, confidence, growing
Premium Member Poem Suddenly Swans John lawless Free verse growing up,
Premium Member Poem QUALITY TIME Line Gauthier Free verse growing up, fun, games, grandmother, growing
Premium Member Poem Unicorns Are Real Caren Krutsinger Free verse growing up, happiness, nice,
Reflections Karen whitener ABC growing up, christian, death, emotions, growing
God will come Simran Thakur I do not know? growing up, allah, creation, devotion, god,
Kicked Out in The Bronx Mike Henry Free verse growing up, black african american, boy,
THE FAIR YOUTH BEAUTY EMILIA NAKAFINGO Free verse growing up, beauty, destiny, for teens,
the most unexpected least expected Marty King Free verse growing up, growth, love,
Premium Member Poem GOOD TIMES Line Gauthier Rhyme growing up, autumn, freedom, friendship love,
Moments jesse McDonald Free verse growing up,
The Innocence Fedelyn Wester Free verse growing up, age, appreciation, childhood, growing
I miss you Once Shore Free verse growing up,
AWKWARD GIRL Judy Reeves Prose Poetry growing up, anxiety, childhood, confidence, growing
Though Nervous matthew harris Free verse growing up, 8th grade, childhood, crush,
Premium Member Poem MUSIC OF MY YOUTH Line Gauthier Free verse fantasy, growing up, innocence,
Premium Member Poem The Jaywalker Bernard Chan Free verse betrayal, drink, growing up,
Premium Member Poem SMIDGET MIDGET AND PUGGILY PUGSY Line Gauthier Free verse growing up, child, family, friend, growing
Premium Member Poem I've never been an umbrella kinda guy John lawless Sonnet growing up, rain, spring,
Premium Member Poem BLOSSOMS-- James Edward Lee Sr. Didactic growing up, anxiety, appreciation, destiny, flower,
Premium Member Poem Freedom to nothng to something Delilah Ventura Free verse change, corruption, growing up,
Living With Anxiety Audrey Phillips Free verse growing up, analogy, angst, anxiety, confidence,
Have Always Been Myself Marissa Faries Free verse character, growing up, identity,
Happiness Marissa Faries Free verse character, courage, growing up,
Premium Member Poem JUST A LONER Line Gauthier Free verse desire, growing up, introspection,
Premium Member Poem EXPIRY DATE Line Gauthier Free verse growing up, age, angst, future, growing
RAGAS - PART 1 aditi sheemar Narrative growing up, 12th grade, boyfriend, break
The way of Life to my children Felicia Jefferson-Weaver- Jefferson Shape growing up, america, black love, boy,
Premium Member Poem A SCRAPING OF SHOVELS Cindi Rockwell Free verse growing up, abuse, childhood, death, grief,
Gaslit Nightmare Victoria Lucas Blank verse childhood, corruption, growing up,
Good bye to a character jesse McDonald Free verse growing up, 12th grade, conflict, courage,
Growing Pains Colleen Nieves Rhyme growing up,
Adolescent Cherie McGowan Blank verse growing up, 7th grade, 8th grade,
Premium Member Poem BARBIE DOLLS Line Gauthier Free verse girl, growing up, life,
Premium Member Poem MY BROTHER'S KEEPER Line Gauthier Free verse growing up, appreciation, brother, family, freedom,
Premium Member Poem POESY Line Gauthier Free verse change, growing up, introspection,
Premium Member Poem Why won't she talk Gershon Wolf Tanka age, baby, growing up,

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Growing Up 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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