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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)

TITLE: Free To Be
By Deborah Engle
08/02/09


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What child hasn’t wondered
Who he would soon become,
When juvenile days are past
And he’s no longer young,
Or teen, at times, considered
Where life would go from here-
Would he stand strong and faithful then,
Should hardship hover near?

Carefree days don’t linger
Beyond a certain point.
Burdens build persistently,
Discourage and annoy.
Childhood days, unfettered,
Restrictions not withstanding,
Give way to daily challenges,
Both trying and demanding.

Grown-ups have the privilege
To choose their way of life.
Grown–up obligations, though,
May fill a day with strife.
Relentless comes each new day
Of joy or awful dread.
Shrouded by the veil of time,
The future looms ahead.

Newly attained freedom
Allures so many hearts,
Rejecting much fine wisdom
The elders would impart.
Family and friends
All hope only the best.
Attaining “your majority”
May be the biggest test.

Character and faith,
Relationships, for sure,
Attitude, and major goals,
Work ethic-make them pure.
For every choice that’s made
Will linger over time,
Touching things you’ll never know,
Impacting other’s climb.

Embrace the best each day,
It fills and satisfies.
Settling for lesser things
Will never do likewise.
Maturity is won
Through choices that are hard-
Diligence and self-less acts
And vigilance on guard.

No regard for others,
When reaching for the prize,
Rarely brings desired joy,
Just sorrow in disguise.
But windows do abound,
Good choices all, for ones
Prepared to show the love of God
With every step they run.


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Loren T. Lowery08/07/09
I found the second stanza regarding "carefree days" to be the hardest part of growing up. And, you've summarized it so well. It makes me wonder at youth, when they read this, will the/can they truly understand until they have walked just a little further down life's path. This kind of poem makes me stop and wonder about such things.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/08/09
You carried through the idea of your title well throughout your thought-provoking poem. My favorite line was: Every choice tht's made will linger over time.
Helen Dowd 08/10/09
Oh yes, how glorious the future of Adulthood looks when we are still "getting there." But it often arrives sooner than we would like it to. It happened to me when I lost my mother at age 19 and had to take on the job of being an adult. It wasn't fun! Great poem, Free To Be! just what each child envisions before the time arrives...Helen
Sara Harricharan 08/12/09
Captures a lot of emotion in this piece, but the second verse with the carefree days, those are the ones I now wish I had. Great job in capturing these feelings!