Growing Old and Growing Up

Playing as a child
Toiling as an adult
One looks at the other
With a hint of jealousy
The child wants to grow
While the adult wants to play
Youth admires the freedom of old
Old wishes for the freedom of youth
Is there a way to have both?
To work all day
And play at night
Without crashing to the ground
It requires balance
Built over years
To retain the dreams of a child
And act the part of an adult

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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20 Responses to Growing Old and Growing Up

  1. I studiously avoid adulting 😃

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  2. Darlene says:

    Perfect! Thanks.


  3. I would hope there is room for both. Good one, Charles.


  4. L. Marie says:

    “It requires balance.” So true! Great poem!

    Over the years, I’ve heard opinions from other adults about the things that adults should do. (Stop reading graphic novels, for one. Stop playing Pokémon for another.) Isn’t part of being an adult the fact that we can choose what to do, as opposed to parents who did the choosing for us? So I’m reading graphic novels and playing Pokémon.

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  5. That’s so true.


  6. Well done, Charles.


  7. noelleg44 says:

    I love the times I can indulge the child!


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