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Once a child…
The thought elicits a slight    warm smile
And I sit   falling back   for a while

Metamorphosis is gradual
Yet    when clearing is realized -
      what a strange revelization of self
With easy   ignorant    aspirations –
That so small  self
Being molded       shaped

Recognition is quick…   but  
Content?...    Happy? …   Angry?...    Sad?
What makes me tick?

Mainly    well at least partially
It must be expectations,,,   expectations?

And all the developed conflicts surface
Flood my imagination…    imagination?
Oh   I was a dreamer
A prestidigitator 
Of scenarios

With no thought of reality
(Reality contains an element of hope
Hope is universal) (Everyone knows that)

Coming – to
I shake my head
A head filled with chaos
I was a happy child
Now thanking God
For childhood innocence

Dave Austin


Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2017


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Date: 5/30/2023 2:04:00 PM

Dave, your poetry will live on, though your home is heaven above, gone but never forgotten dear poet !
Date: 4/25/2022 3:22:00 PM

expectations controlled imaginations having it's way with our content.
Date: 7/10/2021 11:08:00 PM

Miss you buddy...
Date: 9/23/2019 10:46:00 AM

OH MY GOSH! Daver is gone. One of my oldest and most loved friends here on the soup. You will be sorely missed my friend. May God Bless and Keep You My Friend. Putting this in my faves. JB
Date: 7/11/2019 7:59:00 AM

Daver may you rest in peace like a happy child Hope you 're happy.
Date: 4/19/2019 8:20:00 PM

Rest in Peace Dave ~
Date: 5/13/2018 1:22:00 AM

Ahh Daver, I have long thought it was so; you did great, so well; in this write.. I knew you not by sight but rather glimpsed part of your spirit in your words You know the 'true reality' now I thank you for your good disposition, and helpful comments you gave out on soup.' You made me richer by your prescence.'
Date: 2/16/2018 4:55:00 PM

I only found out today of your passing, Daver. We have lost a wise, kind and gentle man; loved and respected by so many. You own this beautifully sweet innocence. Irrevocable karma, charm and charisma that draws people towards you. Rest in peace, my wonderful friend.
Date: 12/24/2017 5:01:00 PM

I also just found out about your death. Would be nice if Poetry Soup kept track of deaths. I am 76 and no telling how long I will be around. Just long enough to drive you crazy will all of my poems. May Daver Austin rest in peace.
Date: 11/5/2017 10:15:00 AM

If my last poem is as good as this one I will thankful for ending in style. You have many adventures ahead and you leave us with a tear in our eye and a smile in our hearts. Blessings for your travels.
Date: 11/1/2017 6:57:00 PM

Oh Lord, I just barely found out after asking around for you. I love you Daver. Always have I think. God bless you
Date: 10/30/2017 1:04:00 AM

I miss you my dear lovely friend. You passed on to your next life in June 2017. I will continue to visit your poetry. You will never be forgotten by those who loved you and your poetry. Enjoy your next life my friend. Love, Connie
Date: 9/2/2017 7:48:00 PM

Daver, I found out today, Sept. 2, you are gone now, but reading this again, I think how you were only two months from death when you wrote this. I hope you are looking down on me and your friends now as we remember you. You have returned to your place of innocence, my dear friend. Rest in Peace. Love, Andrea
Date: 8/2/2017 6:40:00 AM

Hi Daver it's been years since I've been on the soup. Thought I would see if I could find some old friends . So happy to see you still writing here . I really did enjoy this poem. The depth of the artist comes out in you in this one too. Well done and meditative. God bless you my friend. Much love Bob d
Date: 7/10/2017 5:23:00 PM

Oh brilliant daver, the innocence of childhood, yes we all needed that.
Date: 7/9/2017 6:05:00 PM

Hello Daver, a lot of a lot in your rumanative reflective write done really right, an easy flow of raw naive propensity, re-viewed by the seasoned Latter self... And may I add with much for the set man to glean, as the learning curve re-curves Allowing you to carve this piece.' I hope all's well & God bless..)
Date: 6/17/2017 4:51:00 PM

WoW! you have turned what we think about into words. Awesome imagery you weaved up there. going to favs :)
Date: 5/26/2017 12:19:00 PM

"Metamorphosis is gradual", as with baking bread or caterpillar chrysalis . Since you are not stale, crusty, nor a pupa, you are surely the butterfly, Daver!! Some chaos can be brushed away or crushed, as annoying nits & gnats. Myself, I am finally rid of the pests.:)) Keep well, stay safe, think of you often, love, Mikki
Date: 4/2/2017 11:01:00 AM

Very nice ink
Date: 4/1/2017 6:46:00 PM

I am most happy for imagination, for with the imaginative mind anything is possible. I enjoyed the rendezvous with Time Daver. Children really are the joy of this world. 7 ; )
Date: 4/1/2017 10:33:00 AM

LOVE this one, Daver. The ending is perfectly charming! I thank God for the innocence I once had too!!