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Childhood - Poem by David Bates

Childhood, sweet and sunny childhood,
With its careless, thoughtless air,
Like the verdant, tangled wildwood,
Wants the training hand of care.

See it springing all around us --
Glad to know, and quick to learn;
Asking questions that confound us;
Teaching lessons in its turn.

Who loves not its joyous revel,
Leaping lightly on the lawn,
Up the knoll, along the level,
Free and graceful as a fawn?

Let it revel; it is nature
Giving to the little dears
Strength of limb, and healthful features,
For the toil of coming years.

He who checks a child with terror,
Stops its play, and stills its song,
Not alone commits an error,
But a great and moral wrong.

Give it play, and never fear it --
Active life is no defect;
Never, never break its spirit --
Curb it only to direct.

Would you dam the flowing river,
Thinking it would cease to flow?
Onward it must go forever --
Better teach it where to go.

Childhood is a fountain welling,
Trace its channel in the sand,
And its currents, spreading, swelling,
Will revive the withered land.

Childhood is the vernal season;
Trim and train the tender shoot;
Love is to the coming reason,
As the blossom to the fruit.

Tender twigs are bent and folded --
Art to nature beauty lends;
Childhood easily is moulded;
Manhood breaks, but seldom bends.


Comments about Childhood by David Bates

  • Rookie - 394 Points David Pass (11/29/2016 6:42:00 AM)

    Beautifully captures the spirit of childhood - learning and adapting. Need to encourage children and be gentle with teaching them. Thank you (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 75,088 Points Chinedu Dike (4/19/2015 10:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned in poetic diction. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,164 Points Michelle Claus (3/24/2014 6:06:00 PM)

    Witnessing a scene in which a child's benign free spirit is clipped, it breaks my heart. I agree with the sentiment of this poem, give a child safe parameters within which to be free and creative. The form of the poem is okay.... Thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Childhood

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  3. 3. Childhood - The 21st Century , Ernestine Northover
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  5. 5. A Dear Childhood , yoonoos peerbocus
  6. 6. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  7. 7. Hiawatha's Childhood , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. 8. Childhood , Richard Aldington
  9. 9. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  10. 10. Childhood , Anne Bradstreet
  11. 11. My Childhood , jahanvi .................... ..
  12. 12. A Childhood Forgotten, A Childhood Lost , Dani Baxter
  13. 13. Childhood , Arthur Rimbaud
  14. 14. Childhood , Jose Asuncion Silva
  15. 15. A Lover Since Childhood , Robert Graves
  16. 16. My Childhood Garden , danielle eager
  17. 17. Discord In Childhood , David Herbert Lawrence
  18. 18. # A Love Affair That Began In Childhood , Mamta Agarwal
  19. 19. Childhood. (From The Danish) , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. 20. Childhood Faded Away , jim foulk
  21. 21. Childhood , Henry Vaughan
  22. 22. Book First [introduction-Childhood And S.. , William Wordsworth
  23. 23. - My Rock Steady Childhood Friend , Ronberge (anno primo)
  24. 24. Childhood , C. P. Sharma
  25. 25. The Prelude, Book 1: Childhood And Schoo.. , William Wordsworth
  26. 26. Childhood Memories Sung To The Tune Of S.. , Tim Bovee
  27. 27. (152) The Coal Train (Childhood .. , Melvina Germain
  28. 28. ! Childhood , Michael Shepherd
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  30. 30. ' ' ' ' ' 'Childhood Traumas(For My Old .. , Dónall Dempsey
  31. 31. L'Enfance (Childhood) , Victor Marie Hugo
  32. 32. Childhood , Philip Vincent Sanders
  33. 33. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  34. 34. A Happy Childhood , William Matthews
  35. 35. ! An Exploration Of The Subtleties Of Th.. , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Picture Of Childhood , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  37. 37. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  38. 38. 'Childhood Memories' , Linda Winchell
  39. 39. A Faint Whiff Of My Childhood. , Ravi Panamanna
  40. 40. ' ' ' Childhood Tankas , Dónall Dempsey
  41. 41. Childhood Revisited , Arti Chopra
  42. 42. The Joy Of Childhood , George Darley
  43. 43. Childhood , Karon Yan
  44. 44. Spun Tales Of A Boy's Childhood Put Into.. , Ted Sheridan
  45. 45. A Walk Through My Childhood , Joseph Anderson
  46. 46. Childhood Dreams , Joe Howell
  47. 47. I Remember My Childhood , Sylvia Chidi
  48. 48. 'Childhood Dreams Of Flight' , Linda Winchell
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  50. 50. Childhood Remains Within , Obed dela Cruz

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