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Growing Up Poems

Growing Up Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about growing up. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for growing up.

Poem Topics Related to Growing Up

growth, youth, mature, maturity, childhood, adolescence, juvenile, immaturity

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God Always Makes Time
Today, forced to detour
Last week missed my plane
Blamed it on the heavens
No, not me. I am not one to be late
Gnashed my teeth
Gnarled in these jams
Do these passers-by know who I am?
No, they don't and why should they care
After all,...Read More
Categories: blessing, christian, faith, fate, god, growing up,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member Draped in rhymes

Ah,rebellious spirit wanting space
With my finger on the map I paced
I climbed Helvellyn, fell off Striding Edge
Spent a lifetime hanging off a ledge


Meanwhile our kind teacher twittered on
Thomas Hardy, Hopkins., we were numb
She never mentioned she saw my escape
How ...Read More
Categories: growing up, allusion, analogy, desire, discrimination,
Form: Sonnet
I'm out of cigarettes
Feels like the pavement runs out
And the bottles always empty
And sometimes I can feel
I don't really like it here
But taste is familiar.
There are a few fond moments here
But memories are always
second best
And all of these pictures are geting blurry
They got...Read More
Categories: absence, addiction, depression, emotions, growing up, memory,
Form: Free verse
Gone Like a Whisper
Oh isn't it unfair?
That,
Right there
Gone like a whisper  .
For something to be 
To really be,
Specials only vanish

Please,
Let me grab it 
Please,
Let me hold it 
I'll be careful I promise

But an idea never tarnished,
Why so eager to rot?
Why these children
Without...Read More
Categories: growing up, betrayal, change, death, drug, endurance, introspection, nostalgia,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Predictable
(The Switch)

Billy was in trouble again. It was four days in a row now. He didn’t mean to be bad. At his little country school, it just seemed so easy to get into mischief. On day one he got caught...Read More
Categories: cry, grandfather, grandson, growing up, jesus, love,
Form: Narrative



A Rainbow Memory
When my hollow present blows
The dying embers in the heart grate
A fond childish Cinders glows up

The frozen black memory melts past colours,
A sparkle of rainbow recollections,
As I walk up on our trodden pavement
I saw a slash of sea between houses

Thy...Read More
Categories: growing up, appreciation, beauty, childhood, depression, emotions, fantasy, growing
Form: Free verse
Rustic Memoirs
My children are growing up fast,
I remember as if it were only yesterday that I was able to hold every one of them in my arms.
Holidays and birthdays have come and gone.
Years passing by slipping thru my finger tips.
Like the...Read More
Categories: growing up, dark, death, depression, fear, how i feel,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member 10
Never trust anyone over ten !

Ten is when 
Everything angelic slips quietly away 
Never to return 

Ten is when 
They learn to Lie
And when they’ll get away with it !

At ten the filaments begin to wilt and guilt simply disappears
Replaced...Read More
Categories: children, culture, family, for teens, growing up,
Form: I do not know?
SILENT AS THE TOMB
SILENT AS THE TOMB 
Poem by Koffi Mtonga

In silence in dreams' 
Projections, Returning, Resuming, I thread my way through my dreams;
The hurt and wounded, I pacify with a soothing hand,
I sit by the restless all the dark night,
Some so young,...Read More
Categories: africa, birth, childhood, growing up, me,
Form: Bio
Premium Member CUSTARD
It begins with those that say they love you 
Or those that say they don’t.........

Or those that break and give you up.........

Or those that try ,  but not enough 
Or those that pretend.........

In the end 
This is what makes...Read More
Categories: growing up, betrayal, child, culture, deep, for teens, growing
Form: Free verse
Premium Member I don't like the darkness
I don't like your darkness    suggested bpm 72

Vs 1
I'm full of energy...
I got my swag on,
I'm using positivity...
before it's all gone

Vs 2
I see you in the corner...
curled up in a ball,
You can't stand for nothing,
when you're too...Read More
Categories: fear, future, growing up, hope, song, work,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Twins
Rebecca and Isaac had twins
As different as different could be

A hunter was Esau, a man of the field
A scholar was Jacob, a dweller in tents

The same mother, the same father
the same education, the same home
Yet one stayed put, while the...Read More
Categories: family, growing up,
Form: Rhyme
Daddys girl
Daddy's little girl
Daddy's little angel 
Daddy's little princess 
Daddy's little cowgirl 
Growing up to be a sweet, beautiful , caring , kind young lady 
But she'll always be daddy's little girl 
Daddy's little angel 
Daddy's little princess 
Daddy's little cowgirl....Read More
Categories: growing up, 12th grade, beauty, child, dad, daughter, feelings,
Form: ABC
dosage
growing up
my body 
stopped

sane brain
chemicals
that are in

others naturally
passed by me
completely

stopped

reflecting
because
not absorb

ing i've been
reflecting
lately on

my childhood
and misunderstood
of who i was or would

become

so many factors
in making a fact
ory made human

being by being
programmed
without yet

within but not
knowing what
is missing and

so i grew up

a short...Read More
Categories: growing up, muse,
Form: I do not know?
THE OLDER VIEW FROM HERE
gentle wind comforting me
total vibe filled with glee
the scent of Christmas in the air
imagining a space with you standing there
inspiration growing in remembrance of you 
the effervescence of your iridescence shines through and through
i can still smell the spicy scent...Read More
Categories: christmas, growing up, growth, how i feel,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Growing Up Thankful
Yes, young I pooped on my own treasures
Creating such barren beaches gray
Seeming so eternally short then
Unfolding now under revealing waves. 

Back then ferocious waters came crashing in
Change roaring in paid me no mind
Who cared what stayed or was swept away...Read More
Categories: growing up, 12th grade, appreciation, celebration, life, success, thanksgiving,
Form: Free verse
growing up
screaming and in tears, 
not knowing what we are about to experience 
we are placed in arms of those we don’t know and 
expected to bond with them
holding our little hands and stroking our soft skin as if we were...Read More
Categories: growing up, 1st grade, baby, best friend, birth,
Form: Sonnet
growing up
screaming and in tears, 
not knowing what we are about to experience 
we are placed in arms of those we don’t know and 
expected to bond with them
holding our little hands and stroking our soft skin as if we were...Read More
Categories: growing up, 1st grade, baby, best friend, birth,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member A Night Move
Stars were out that night,
When we moved east of Easton-
Goodbye sunny street!...Read More
Categories: childhood, growing up, home, moving on, night,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member Ground Control
Ground Control

Let go. 
I can do this. 
I have been here in my dreams. 
I have prayed…
I have all that I need. 

I sit in the seat, 
of my own ship. 
I have earned my wings, 
from hours…
on the simulator....Read More
Categories: anti bullying, devotion, god, growing up, loneliness,
Form: Free verse
I Found What My Grandparents Had
I remember how my grandparents were when I was growing up. They behaved like every day was their last. They still held hands and touched every chance they had. They  showed each other that they loved each other every...Read More
Categories: growing up, love, poems,
Form: Personification
Premium Member IN THE MIRROR


i sit in silence
taking stock of this novel
that is my face its ruffled corners
and frayed pages written line by line
a faded cover aged and worn out in spots
old-fashioned dedication to the human race
some pages tattered wrinkled some even torn
but a...Read More
Categories: age, growing up, time,
Form: Shape
TRIED TO PREVAIL
Tried to prevail against kids’ quirks

in so far as I can’t hide mine

my heart strives to train, midst bliss-jerks

special child, upon God’s design

closing distress’ cork for good works*.

*Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good...Read More
Categories: growing up, appreciation, cheer up, child, christian, encouraging, god,
Form: Quintella
A Selfless Love - A Tribute To My Dad
I was not ready to lose you.
But you were taken from me, anyway.

Suddenly.

On a sunny day that started so normally.
Without any sign of the emotional pain to come.

Abruptly.

Life’s like that, I guess.
It shouldn’t be that way.  It just is.

Unfair.

Losing...Read More
Categories: growing up, anniversary, dad, emotions, family, missing you, sad,
Form: Free verse
Inadequate sleep exspells volatile mental state
Inadequate sleep ex(spells) volatile mental state

Existential crisis ensued,
hence the following
I attempt to relate
forewarning the missus,
who heard bellicose me loud and clear
excoriate, deprecate, communicate
callously, blisteringly, angrily... expostulate
refrain awakening this sleeping spouse
yours truly unapologetically will berate

forgetting self promise
vowing never to castigate,
yet flush...Read More
Categories: growing up, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, 9th
Form: Free verse