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.
Written for: https://therattlingbones.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/journal-monday-prompt-12/
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!
You are so kind Dell thank you.
Most welcome, Sir.
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 🙂
Thank you Lori, your prompt gave me an opportunity to do a little reflection. Thanks for that. I think you would have been one of the spirited students in my class.
You are most welcome, Michael 🙂 I am glad you had time for reflection 🙂 hmmm, a spirited student.. perhaps so 🙂 Thanks
Just my opinion you know and often the spirited were the most interesting…
*laughs* well, if anything, I have always been interesting!
I have always thought so…..
Aww thanks 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…?
Probably: hello Rosy, you turned out better than I expected.
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