Journal Monday Prompt #12 – My Life


Today’s prompt: When you were a child, how did you imagine your adult self? Are you living your dream? Did you take a far different road than what you imagined? Or is your life exactly as your youthful self envisioned it to be?

I was born at an early age

As a boy I thought the things of boys.

Playing test cricket, riding the range

Defeating the baddies, reading Famous Five.

The things of adults were distant, not a consideration.

I thought of driving a fire engine

I dreamed of hooning round in a Lamborghini.

I never once imagined the adult I am.

Becoming a teacher, was a good idea at the time.

I fell into it rather than chose it.

But I’m glad I did.

It wasn’t that I had inspiring teachers

I met them later in other classrooms.

But I liked being around people

I wanted to see the country

I knew they would send me to

Some far off place

And they did, though not as far as some.

I don’t think the boy of my youth

Would recognise the man I am.

He would never have envisioned

The pain of adulthood,

The collected humiliations of growing older

The methods used to survive

To bring up children

See them thrive as they do.

I was naïve as a child, less so as a man,

Wiser in older age,

I should have it worked out

Hopefully sometime before my end.

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15 Responses to Journal Monday Prompt #12 – My Life

  1. DELL CLOVER says:

    You are Brilliant, Michael–I so wish I could have had you for a teacher. But this ain’t a bad second, knowing you through the poetry blog world!

  2. loricarlson66 says:

    This is beautifully written, Michael! I love that as a child you had dreams, but no clear vision of the future… sometimes adulthood just happens when we least expect it… I think having you for a teacher would have been very inspiring 🙂

  3. RoSy says:

    Hi Michael.
    I think a lot of us can relate to this in one way or another. I wonder what my child self would think & say to my adult self…?

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