Mike Barrett

Rookie - 475 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

My Child


There was a time
Or there will be
When love will come
Your way -
And you’ll not know
Just what to do
Or how you should behave.

There was a time
Or there will be
When love will stir
Your heart -
When you'll
Reach out
And take the one
That brought that joy
To you.

But there are risks,
As with all things,
That time will turn the tide
And what thought love
Will die the death
And you'll be hurt inside.

In knowing this
Before you start
You'll have a better chance
To linger long in love's embrace
And love it while it lasts.

If it should die
As time goes by
Don't languish in the past -
We grow at different rates my child
And first loves rarely last -
Our first love rarely lasts!

© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Submitted: Friday, December 13, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written late 2002, early 2003. It was written one night after my daughter came home in tears (yet again) after having had a disagreement with her boyfriend. It in fact it came to me with music but not having learned how to write music, the melody has long since slipped away. Perhaps some creative Soul out there could help me out with this...could be to our mutual advantage! Ciao!

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  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (10/21/2014 2:56:00 PM)

    Hi Soulful, I'm pleased that this poem touched you. I wrote it with my daughter in mind as she was working through a rough period in the early years of her relationship with her first boyfriend. Her experience turned out to be the exception - they're still together today, years later. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,976 Points Soulful Heart (10/13/2014 10:14:00 AM)

    the bliss and anguish of the first whisper of love......a poihgnant advice to a child who has faced with the first experience of practical life....pain that is the best teacher of our lives......making us wiser with every jolt..loved this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 167 Points Oladehinde J. Ibikunle (8/29/2014 3:11:00 AM)

    True! First love is not always the right one. hence, last for a while. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (9/1/2014 5:53:00 PM)

    Hi Oladehinde, once again thanks for your comment. I'll be checking out and commenting on a few of your poems within the next day or two. Ciao!

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (7/24/2014 4:07:00 PM)

    Hi David, I'm happy to learn you could relate to the truths touched upon in the poem...I gave an insight as to why the poem was written in the 'poet's notes' above. I'll check to see if you have some poems on this site and if yes, I'll review a few and comment thereon. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,222 Points David Harris (7/24/2014 10:59:00 AM)

    What a lovely piece, so true. Written from experience, no doubt. Been there myself. ha ha. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (3/26/2014 4:06:00 PM)

    Hi Jitesh, thanks for your kind comments - much appreciated. I'm glad the poem gladdened your heart. I'll check out a few of your poems and comment on them. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,690 Points Valsa George (1/4/2014 1:18:00 AM)

    Yes, there are risks in love as with all things!

    When the first love dies out, never get hurt and never languish in the past! Hope that there will be a better chance to linger long in love's embrace!

    A very wise advice from a loving father to his daughter, who comes home dispirited after her disagreement with her boyfriend! Enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (1/2/2014 9:00:00 AM)

    Hi Sunprincess, happy to hear you liked the poem, to me it's one that most young teens should read as they move through the first love phase of life. It might help a few diminish their emotional suffering. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,045 Points * Sunprincess * (1/2/2014 2:59:00 AM)

    ........the title pulled me in...but I wasn't expecting this write...
    thought it would be more of a tribute...still I like the poem...nice write (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (12/23/2013 4:14:00 PM)

    Hi Hazel, great to hear from you - glad the poem touched you! In my daughter's case, despite the ups and downs of their relationship, they're still together and in February 2011 they blessed us with an adorable grand-daughter. This year, Alexandra will be adding a new and wonderful dimension to our Christmas. By the way, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,884 Points Hazel Durham (12/23/2013 2:29:00 PM)

    The truth about falling in love and the risk of getting hurt is all part of the wonder and magic of our emotions. It's so hard to see our children getting hurt this is a wonderful write of great wisdom.
    Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 475 Points Mike Barrett (12/16/2013 10:33:00 AM)

    David,

    Thanks for your comment - much appreciated. As one's youngster9s) move into that phase of their lives and go through the ups and downs of young love you wish them the best and try to ease any emotional pain that that they may experience. This poem is a reflection of my trying to help my daughter. I'll be reading and commenting on you poetry...I've read through several of them and recognize that you are gifted. If you enjoy my work, don't be shy to spread the word. I also have my own web-site, should you like to pop in, its address is http: //we-r-1/. Cheers! (Report) Reply

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