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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: Chasing Lightening Bugs
By Kathy Gronau
05/14/09


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Once I was young and now I was old
Nimble and now I am stiff
Then playing with dolls, now writing my will
Wishing Iíd grow up but now I am still

Oh what of choices that I had back then
Do I wish that I could redo?
I think with a smile of the wonderful joy
When God gave me your brother and you.

There were the days that you drove me to tears
Ornery as boys sometimes will be
But the pride that I felt an I watched you grow
Gives me chills even now as I see

See you as you mimic the things you were taught
See you with those children I love
With glee I watch as they too test your will
And smile as you rise above

So what would I change of the choices I made
When young and your mother I was
Chased more fireflies together, told you more of His love
Been more present, less selfish, more fun

I cherish the memories, though some are forgotten
But one thing for certain I know
That He made us as families was not a mistake
He knew thatís how in His love we would grow

Iíll not always be with you, His plan Iíll complete
With your dad I will live with His Son
So teach them of Him, love them soundly and well
Be more present, less selfish, more fun


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Sara Harricharan 05/21/09
I have many fond memories of chasing "fireflies" as we call them. Lovely poem, though the 3rd verse read a little awkwardly, because I couldn't quite puzzle out why it was a young person and then a mother, until I realized it meant when the MC was younger. This has potential-thanks for sharing! ^_^
Emily Gibson05/22/09
this was fun and sweet--great memories here!
Aylin Smith 05/23/09
Lovely Poem.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/23/09
How precious are the memories of our children. This was precious and I liked the rhthym. The poem may have read more closer to the title if it had just a little more about fireflies in it. But other than this your poem is wonderful!!Thx for sharing it!:0)))