Growing up

by silvershoes   Oct 13, 2010


Time is slipping from
my hands, such that
i can feel the rough grains
roll between my fingers
and pile to the ground.
Walls on all sides seem to
shrink in upon me
and i become ever larger;
larger than life.
My chest presses hard
against my pulsing heart,
tears well in my eyelids,
hope is a dream
and nothing more.

i once felt the footsteps
of a little girl.
i once walked in shoes
smaller than my hands -
i felt the ocean was something that
would seem not so very big
as i got bigger.
i once stood in valleys,
looking up and
wondering,
wishing,
waiting
for my time to grow.

i never knew how sorry i would be
to sit atop a mountain,
looking down upon my youth.
i never knew as time swept
under my feet and on
into the past,
the future would devolve
to a fickler place.
i never knew the ocean was
this big,
nor i this small.

i never knew,
i never knew,
how small and insignificant
i could be.

----

Footnote: The lower case i's are to emphasize insignificance.

8


Did You Like This Poem?

Latest Comments

  • 3 months ago

    by Wayne Gates

    wow

  • 7 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    What an amazing piece and well worth it's win. For some reason I missed this You have portrayed brilliantly the movement of time and the insignificance that I think we all feel as we get older. An inciteful heart touching thought provoking piece with wonderful imagery.
    Milly x

  • 7 months ago

    by Thelma

    What! WOW.
    Seriously, how could I miss reading this? I'm honestly speechless.

  • 3 years ago

    by Rania Moallem

    I was here again.. <3

  • 5 years ago

    by Decayed

    I'll thank Nana for showing me this. I think I wasn't a member of the site when you wrote it....

    WOW. Such poems are rare to find. I just love those with reality in them... dramatic, but not over... and has this tone of sadness that moved me like hell!

    Brilliant

More Poems By silvershoes

People Who Liked This Also Liked