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Childhood - Poem by David Bates

Childhood, sweet and sunny childhood,
With its careless, thoughtless air,
Like the verdant, tangled wildwood,
Wants the training hand of care.

See it springing all around us --
Glad to know, and quick to learn;
Asking questions that confound us;
Teaching lessons in its turn.

Who loves not its joyous revel,
Leaping lightly on the lawn,
Up the knoll, along the level,
Free and graceful as a fawn?

Let it revel; it is nature
Giving to the little dears
Strength of limb, and healthful features,
For the toil of coming years.

He who checks a child with terror,
Stops its play, and stills its song,
Not alone commits an error,
But a great and moral wrong.

Give it play, and never fear it --
Active life is no defect;
Never, never break its spirit --
Curb it only to direct.

Would you dam the flowing river,
Thinking it would cease to flow?
Onward it must go forever --
Better teach it where to go.

Childhood is a fountain welling,
Trace its channel in the sand,
And its currents, spreading, swelling,
Will revive the withered land.

Childhood is the vernal season;
Trim and train the tender shoot;
Love is to the coming reason,
As the blossom to the fruit.

Tender twigs are bent and folded --
Art to nature beauty lends;
Childhood easily is moulded;
Manhood breaks, but seldom bends.


Comments about Childhood by David Bates

  • Gold Star - 70,538 Points Chinedu Dike (4/19/2015 10:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned in poetic diction. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,164 Points Michelle Claus (3/24/2014 6:06:00 PM)

    Witnessing a scene in which a child's benign free spirit is clipped, it breaks my heart. I agree with the sentiment of this poem, give a child safe parameters within which to be free and creative. The form of the poem is okay.... Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,468 Points Ramesh Rai (3/24/2014 12:31:00 PM)

    Childhood is a fountain welling,
    Trace its channel in the sand,
    And its currents, spreading,
    swelling,
    Will revive the withered land. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Childhood

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  3. 3. Hiawatha's Childhood , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Remembering My Childhood , Anthony E. Briguglio
  5. 5. Once Upon My Childhood , Cassandra Orr Romero
  6. 6. Childhood Photo Album , Doris D Carr
  7. 7. I Remember Childhood , Dorothy Thomas Snyder
  8. 8. Childhood Impressions - Aged Six , Elizabeth Atkinson
  9. 9. Childhood Past , Ernie Gill
  10. 10. Childhood , Joan Neph
  11. 11. My Childhood Home , F. Kenrick
  12. 12. Images Of Childhood , Iris Taylor
  13. 13. Childhood Memories , Margret Foulger
  14. 14. Childhood , Sheila M. Taylor
  15. 15. Childhood , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. Childhood , Richard Aldington
  17. 17. The Joy Of Childhood , George Darley
  18. 18. Childhood Memories Sung To The Tune Of S.. , Tim Bovee
  19. 19. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  20. 20. My Childhood God , Robert William Service
  21. 21. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  22. 22. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  23. 23. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  24. 24. In Childhood , Kimiko Hahn
  25. 25. Sonnet: My Childhood , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  26. 26. The Prelude, Book 1: Childhood And Schoo.. , William Wordsworth
  27. 27. Discord In Childhood , David Herbert Lawrence
  28. 28. Childhood , Victor Osorio
  29. 29. - My Rock Steady Childhood Friend , Ronberge (anno primo)
  30. 30. Intimations Of Mortality...(A Poem Of Ch.. , Todd Garland
  31. 31. ! Childhood , Michael Shepherd
  32. 32. Childhood , Agata Konopka
  33. 33. A Memoir To Childhood , gina prettybrowneyes
  34. 34. Childhood , Arsiema Berhane
  35. 35. Childhood Lessons , Herbert Nehrlich
  36. 36. Childhood Lore , Robert L. Bixler III
  37. 37. To Chiefy, A Thuggish Childhood Friend, .. , Ashton Bobbitt
  38. 38. Childhood , Sean Hart
  39. 39. Childhood Friends , Flavio Pernarella
  40. 40. Jesus Of My Childhood , Uriah Hamilton
  41. 41. Childhood Dreams , Joe Howell
  42. 42. Dad's Childhood. , Gillian.E. Shaw
  43. 43. Childhood - The 21st Century , Ernestine Northover
  44. 44. A Childhood Lesson , Pete Crowther
  45. 45. Sonnet: My Childhood Reminiscences , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  46. 46. Passenger From Childhood , David Lewis Paget
  47. 47. Terms Of Childhood , Frank Bana
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  49. 49. In The Land Of Childhood , Sara Stowell
  50. 50. More Childhood Genius , Jason PraTT

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