Legend of Childhood

Innocence of youth
Freedom and fun at our hands
No warning there was an end
Games tucked away
Money saved to survive
Watch your weight and words
Indulge an urge at your peril
While you forge a cage
Bars of fear, judgement,
And the illusion of maturity

Why is it wrong to play?
To place responsibilities aside
And enjoy a little life
To do so is met with speeches
From those fully locked
Within their dull cells
Games and play are for kids
Adults have work to do
Yet adulthood comes on fast
Being pushed at younger ages
How long will it be
Before childhood falls to legend?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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6 Responses to Legend of Childhood

  1. I like this poem a lot, the last line really hits home for me. We push children to be adults earlier and earlier in life, what ever happened to just being a kid.


  2. I remember being a freshman in High School and being asked by a teacher, “When are you going to grow up.” I wanted to give it a Peter Pan response but said nothing. Nice poem.


  3. Ellespeth says:

    Most of the time I pretend to be grown up…
    I had to refollow you, Charles. I’m not sure what’s up with that. I thought you’d gone on an unexpected vacation! I’ll look through to see what I’ve missed.


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