Put Away Childish Things Poem by Harley White

Put Away Childish Things

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Put away childish things
yet keep the childlike wonder.
Though dreams be rent asunder
our wishes still have wings.

Put away childish speech
but not the constant queries
that question rooted theories
which reason cannot reach.

Put away childish ken,
though artless ways of seeing
in any age of being
will find a poet's pen.

Put away childish thought
yet not imagination
which sparks our inspiration
beyond what we are taught.

Put away childish things
but follow deepest desires.
Those secret innermost fires
burn brighter as hope sings.

Put away childish whim
yet not delight in playing,
then when the world's dismaying,
our days won't seem so grim.

Put away childish fears.
Nonetheless, through thick and thin
hang on to the child within,
the laughter and the tears,

all the livelong years…

Put away childish things.
While our dusty death is nigh,
the utter self shall not die,
and karmic kismet clings.

Put away childish things,
though then in mirror darkly
we face our image starkly,
plus suffer destined slings.

Put away childish pain
yet not sensations tender
for sunset's golden splendor
or soothing thrum of rain,

therein the simple joys remain…
Nor questing spirit ever lose,
while on the pathway that we choose,
neither from love refrain

which makes a heaven of earth's domain.

Still, throughout, with faith unshaken,
seek enlightenment to waken,
thus the bliss supreme to gain,
plus not to live and die in vain…

Put away childish things
but hold to yearning youthful
to grasp the learning truthful
which timeless wisdom brings.

Put away childish things,
and embrace the peerless state
of illumined grace innate
wherefrom great fortune springs!

Put Away Childish Things
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: life and death
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The following well-known quotation provided the initial literary inspiration for the poem…

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, darkly, but then face to face."

1 Corinthians 13 ~ The New King James Version (NKJV) translation of the Bible

Further inspiration derived from the teachings and writings of Nichiren Daishōnin, as well as Martin Bradley's interpretative writings about them…

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Painting ~ "A Pageant of Childhood" ~ Thomas Cooper Gotch,1899
COMMENTS OF THE POEM

Beautiful poem. Yes, we need to put away our childishness, as we grow up. But, we need to keep the child-like inquisitiveness throughout our life. That would make the life worthwhile. A poet of yesteryears in Malayalam has written, ‘one need to continue to learn till the last breath'..

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Harley White 28 May 2022

Yes, this is sometimes a difficult balance to achieve but an important one...

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Chinedu Dike 31 July 2021

A creative and compelling composition, beautifully and appealingly expressed....

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Harley White 28 May 2022

Thank you... I appreciate your comment...

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Prabir Gayen 07 January 2021

Beautiful poem dear poet friend.....thanks /////

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Harley White 28 May 2022

And thank you...

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Dennis Spilchuk 04 October 2020

Inspirational. Nicely written.

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Harley White 28 May 2022

I'm glad you felt that way...

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Harley White 08 January 2021

Thanks for the nice words...

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William Lindsay 11 November 2018

Signposts a path to a more meaningful philosophy of education. As an educator Iv`e developed a growing concern that teaching, controlled and shaped by an obsession with assessment, limits creativity and the pursuit of excellence. Thank you...wl.....

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