Cherished years of innocence, all children loved to play,
Prematurely grew up, from dad’s rules, we dared not stray.
Life’s dull reality, replaced a child’s happy inhibition;
creative exploration, was stifled by adults indecision.
seek and then discover, evolved to boring calculation;
a child’s freedom disappeared, with little compensation.
Anxiety chewed on doubt, food for a child who learnt to fear;
until the fearless and mighty warrior did eventually disappear.
Teen jealousy, peer pressure and life’s ongoing gambles,
temptation for adolescents, left me lying in a shambles.
A quest for tender friendship, or was it lust for my first love,
to rid thoughts of regret and guilt, I found forgiveness up above.
Mature, with a healthy family grown, another deed is done;
that crucial point, another test, a new phase of life begun. . .
Now old, my mind is far from sharp, confusion seems to reign,
I must pass on life’s lessons, to slow my child’s growing pain.
Foresight all but failed with age, it’s difficult to see far ahead,
With a happy wife and family grown, beats loneliness instead.
I summarise; were dreams fulfilled? Or did I evade much strife?
My final thoughts are still with love and contribution to this life.