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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: The Flow of Time
By Benjamin Graber
11/21/12


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Another day sweeps down the river,
A memory drifts by;
I add my teardrops to the flow
As I watch my babies fly.

With pride I see them stretch their wings,
With sorrow, I watch them try
As they give the first of many beats
The first step toward the sky.

My love has brought them to this place,
But love wants them to stay,
To cherish every memory
And not let any stray!

I wish I could retain this moment,
And halt the passing days—
But time keeps dripping through my hands
I can’t hold it at bay—

I wish I could design a dam
To keep the memories in,
But in spite of every wall I build
Gravity will always win!

And so, with tears, I unlock my fingers
To let the memories through,
But know, my child, wherever you fly,
My love will always be with you.


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Margaret Kearley 11/22/12
Exquisite! The cry of every parent. Just beautifully worded and a most wonderful poem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/23/12
Oh this is lovely. I think every parent can relate to wanting to slow down or stop time. It seems like the older I get the faster the time flies.
Noel Mitaxa 11/25/12
You have captured the reality so well that parenting is all about learning how, when and what to let go - so our kids will grow to maturity. Not always easy, but what an adventure of love.
Camille (C D) Swanson 11/27/12
I'm sure parents will relate to this well-written piece. Thanks. God bless~
Ellen Carr 11/28/12
True-to-life thoughts expressed really well. You capture the parenting dilemma of 'hold or let go' very well.