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Innocence lost

December 27, 2010
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A child knows no different than to give love

but hate is learned…through different ways

when push is brought to shove…

or spread through mean play

the child slowly looses love.

Gone are the days of play

when the child becomes a teen

seldom is it seen…

that love is more than one’s own need

often foolishness leads to greed.

Occasionally religion corrects

the issues and make one take heed.

But then as an adult life redirects…

Often its course is not the one planned

and compromise leads to calloused hands.

But here is where wisdom can sometimes be found,

at the moment when one is tired of being kicked around.

Old folks know this wisdom all too well…

children know only love

and fighting is not what comes from above.

Wisdom is learning how to love like a child again

because hate is not what we want around us in the end.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Teen Support Columnist permalink
    December 27, 2010 5:53 pm


  2. December 29, 2010 4:42 am

    Why can’t our life really be as simple as the ones we make for our children?

    That is what all who aspire to Heaven wish it to be.

    Thanks for the post.


    • December 29, 2010 12:38 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment and visit…may you find a little of this wisdom and happiness in your life. Peace be with you.

  3. December 29, 2010 10:43 am

    it’s so hard to learn the child-like love…so completely selfless and innocent…once that feeling is lost there’s little that can bring it back…

  4. December 29, 2010 11:10 am

    Innocence has to be for loosing, though we are supposed to learn right lessons. But lessons are lessons, both good as well bad.
    Partly it is parent’s duty to moderate children on their lessons.
    Well crafted poetry.

  5. December 29, 2010 3:41 pm

    beautiful poem, this is why children are so special and are close to God.

  6. December 29, 2010 4:26 pm

    Well done. No, hate is NOT what we want around. A poem with sentiments that need saying. As the song goes, “We’ve got to be taught to hate and fear. We’ve got to be taught from year to year to hate all the people our relatives hate. We’ve got to be carefully taught.”

    I like the photograph as well.

    Happy New Year. Poem on …

  7. December 29, 2010 5:34 pm

    we live, we learn, but do we learn the lesson well enough?.
    Love can soothe the savage breast, or even beast, but you’re right, to love as a child unwaveringly, is a gift easily lost. Very thought provoking… xx

  8. dan permalink
    December 29, 2010 6:05 pm

    I think I’m becoming a child again. Playing when I should be working, playing when I should be sleeping, trying to stay out of trouble, etc. I’ve still got a few lessons to learn also.

    • December 29, 2010 8:26 pm

      Yer alright as long as we ain’t havin’ to change yer diaper for ya!LOL! couldn’t resist Dan!

  9. December 30, 2010 3:21 pm

    Very good poem Soul Bro Stuart…as this tells the story and then moves to the ending with the point like your call sign here…nobody wants to leave this plane with anything that has anger or hate in ones heart….enjoy as well(+)
    Dom* 🙂

    • December 30, 2010 3:38 pm

      I appreciate the compliment Dom! That’s exactly what I was aiming to do…Rattling of the stuff on my brain for the new year to be clear and this was my line of thinking at the time.

  10. Jessica permalink
    December 30, 2010 5:03 pm

    Well said! When I look at older people the ones who don’t let their physical frailites get to them are those who are still teenagers inside their heads. I love it when an 80 year old says ‘I’m still 14 in my mind!”
    Happy New Year!

    • December 30, 2010 7:07 pm

      Yes you could definitely be another Betty White! She is the epitome of this attitude in my mind! May you have a happy new year too!

  11. gracefulglider permalink
    December 30, 2010 5:31 pm

    ‘when the child becomes a teen
    …often foolishness leads to greed.’

    very deep showing societies role how the kids turn out to be.
    I like this peice

    • December 30, 2010 7:10 pm

      I appreciate your visit! May you have a great new year.

  12. Jingle permalink
    December 31, 2010 12:28 am

    your words inspire,
    what a surprise to see you at potluck week 16..

    Happy New Year….


    Enjoyed your support of 2010, welcome your continuing participation…

    • January 1, 2011 3:58 am

      Thank you Jingle,
      I have been very busy this pass month but I will continue to contribute to this very wonder community as much as possible.Have a happy new year Jingle!

      To everyone who reads this…check out the amazing poets from all over the world at:

  13. Jingle permalink
    December 31, 2010 12:31 am

    kids learn from grownups very quickly,

    I know they imitate stuff, if we show anger, they instantly show similar emotion as well…
    as parents, I think we know this…

    Happy Thursday.

    • January 1, 2011 3:55 am

      Always seems so little to start with but bad things always seems to grow exponentially at that point we gain wisdom when we can learn to love like a child or at least aspire to do so.
      To everyone who reads this…check out the amazing poets from all over the world at:

  14. January 2, 2011 12:22 am

    It’s actually a good thing to know better, but I still wish I could go back to to that ability to love everyone. Great poem!!!!

    • January 2, 2011 4:46 am

      That is where true wisdom comes from…it is not an easy road and it sets on a slippery slope but the ability to release your hate and understand your fears allows you to love all eventually in there own way. Even the snake has its purpose. May you find wisdom in what I say even if it is limited to only what I know. I know the road even if I myself do not travel it well at least I am going in the right direction. Peace be with you in your travels

  15. January 17, 2011 5:11 am

    Very good, very wise, very deep. I love this piece and agree that LOVE is the key to Heaven.

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