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Childhood - The 21st Century - Poem by Ernestine Northover

How advanced they are, these children of the future,
Like small adults, within their tiny frames,
They grow up in a fast 'speed driven' culture,
Where 'learning pressures' change their kind of games,
Where is their childhood, in all this hurly burly,
Where is their pure untainted view of things,
Why do they have to grow so old, so early,
And lose the joy that only childhood brings.

Our childhood was filled with thoughts of joy and gladness,
We lived our lives, oblivious to the world
And all the hardships, wars, the grief and sadness,
We stood, waiting for our lives to be unfurled.
We had time to grow, and gain an understanding,
Of each new phase, each change along the way,
As we grew slowly, our senses all expanding,
So with clarity, we slowly changed our play.

We had a framework on which to build and flourish,
Slow and steady, this was no rushed affair,
Taking each step, then step by step to nourish,
Our childhood, so finally adulthood we would share.
What will become, of these 'New Century' learners,
I doubt if they, a dreamy childhood see,
Will they then tell to all those bright discerners
Of their own, how they remembered their childhood to be.


Comments about Childhood - The 21st Century by Ernestine Northover

  • Freshman - 872 Points Michael Cochrane (2/8/2017 10:57:00 AM)

    Very good poem the world is too tied up with electronic phones laptops children are losing what it means to play outside climb a tree even its sad and they will grow up too fast in a world that is self asbsorbed with oneself. Loved your poems please read my poems and comment on them yours michael (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 31,955 Points Laurie Van Der Hart (8/14/2016 4:52:00 AM)

    Interesting poem, Ernestine! I share many of your thoughts. I feel that the screen-fed generation are having their imagination stunted and so many kids are inactive physically and can't think up or create things to do. And all the time they're bring exposed to the horrors of the world at an unprecedented level. At the same time I think kids have amazing opportunities to learn such as we never had. We tend to idealze our childhoods, which were often not as rosy as we make out. Best we can do as parents and grandparents is to try to create a balance and help kids to make use of the modern world without losing touch with the best of times past. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashley Stone (3/26/2009 6:56:00 PM)

    Being a product of this 21st century I understand what you mean and long for a childhood I know I shall not receive. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Childhood

  1. 1. Childhood - The 21st Century , Ernestine Northover
  2. 2. Ode On Intimations Of Immortality From R.. , William Wordsworth
  3. 3. Childhood , David Bates
  4. 4. Childhood , Rainer Maria Rilke
  5. 5. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  6. 6. Hiawatha's Childhood , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. 7. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  8. 8. Childhood , Henry Vaughan
  9. 9. Childhood , Richard Aldington
  10. 10. A Childhood Forgotten, A Childhood Lost , Dani Baxter
  11. 11. Childhood , Anne Bradstreet
  12. 12. My Childhood , jahanvi .................... ..
  13. 13. Childhood , Jose Asuncion Silva
  14. 14. A Lover Since Childhood , Robert Graves
  15. 15. Childhood , Arthur Rimbaud
  16. 16. My Childhood Garden , danielle eager
  17. 17. The Prelude, Book 1: Childhood And Schoo.. , William Wordsworth
  18. 18. Discord In Childhood , David Herbert Lawrence
  19. 19. # A Love Affair That Began In Childhood , Mamta Agarwal
  20. 20. Childhood. (From The Danish) , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  21. 21. - My Rock Steady Childhood Friend , Ronberge (anno primo)
  22. 22. Childhood , C. P. Sharma
  23. 23. Picture Of Childhood , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  24. 24. Childhood Memories Sung To The Tune Of S.. , Tim Bovee
  25. 25. Book First [introduction-Childhood And S.. , William Wordsworth
  26. 26. (152) The Coal Train (Childhood .. , Melvina Germain
  27. 27. ! Childhood , Michael Shepherd
  28. 28. Childhood Faded Away , jim foulk
  29. 29. Childhood , Hasmukh Amathalal
  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. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  34. 34. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  35. 35. A Happy Childhood , William Matthews
  36. 36. ! An Exploration Of The Subtleties Of Th.. , Michael Shepherd
  37. 37. A Faint Whiff Of My Childhood. , Ravi Panamanna
  38. 38. Childhood , Karon Yan
  39. 39. 'Childhood Memories' , Linda Winchell
  40. 40. ' ' ' Childhood Tankas , Dónall Dempsey
  41. 41. The Joy Of Childhood , George Darley
  42. 42. Spun Tales Of A Boy's Childhood Put Into.. , Ted Sheridan
  43. 43. Childhood Dreams , Joe Howell
  44. 44. 'Childhood Dreams Of Flight' , Linda Winchell
  45. 45. In Childhood , Kimiko Hahn
  46. 46. An Indian Summer Of My Childhood , indira babbellapati
  47. 47. I Remember My Childhood , Sylvia Chidi
  48. 48. Childhood Remains Within , Obed dela Cruz
  49. 49. ! ! ! A Childhood Friend Comes Visiting-.. , Mamta Agarwal
  50. 50. Childhood Ideogram , Larry Levis
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