Joshua Thomas Gage

Rookie (June 26,1990 / Lowell, Ma)

Playground - Poem by Joshua Thomas Gage

Do you remember that feeling you once had
When you ran about joyful and glad
Mostly the young ones find themselves lost
Sometimes you gotta pay a little cost

Hanging from your hands looking up at the sky
Wondering if heaven is up there and how high
You can feel the wind blowing across your hair
Sometimes wishing you were the only one there

Suddenly you dropp and fall to your knees
Get up right away so you don't get laughed at or teased
Someday you will conquer gliding your hands across bars
For now you just simply wonder as you look at the stars

Just starting to come out
Then you think how time flies about
Pretty soon you will soar out of this place
Yet another kid will come try to follow your pace

As you run through the brown pieces of wood
Trying to be the first up to the slide as if you could
There is always someone bigger than you
Awaiting at the top to laugh, oh its so true

You know what you must do
Wait it out till he leaves with his crew
So you go over to that big silver pole
Not the average pole, but this one has a tole

You look down and your eyes open up wide
You think to yourself you cant do it inside
Seems always that kid behind you to taunt you to go
He laughs, he snorts, no doubt he knows

You are just trying to have fun
Everything so big out there and so much room to run
So you grasp the pole like never before
Then you let out a yell and with that said no more

Your feet are no longer on the ground
Instead wrapped around a pole oh so round
Just then you look down and close your eyes tight
Then take off down that pole as if it was the longest flight

Down to the ground where your feet touch
Then you feel the relief leave your body and such
Just then you let out the biggest smile
As if you have accomplished the biggest thing in a while

You remember that mighty feeling you had
When you first accomplished something, felt so bad
Yes you do, u cant even say you don't
Well that feeling is always there in the back of your throat

Didn't you love that feeling you had
Well where has it been now that you have grown a tad
Do you miss that feeling in your throat
Well do me a favor and release it as if the fastest speed boat

Just took off with you on it running away
From the bad guys that want your ass to this day
Are you going to let them torment you forever
Well let me tell you, fight them if you want them to sever

You know you cant always run from your fears
If its that bully then do me a favor wear and tear
Make him feel what you did just for a day
Make him want to run away

Anyone that tries to change you by making you fear
You must fight it before they make you disappear
Well I'm just trying to say that in order to stay
In your place you might have to race

Around the playground or in this case life
Even if it causes you the biggest strife
You must come to face your fears
If you want to stay in your place right here

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 11, 2011

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