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Day 15 | April Poetry Month Challenge | When We Were Kids

WFSC Creative Writing Facilitators Mike Deregowski and Kelsey Hoople challenge you to participate in national poetry month. 1 poem per day for 30 days with no working ahead. 😉

Overall theme 'The Great Escape'.

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Day 15 | April 15th | When We Were Kids

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Linda Pedley
Linda Pedley
Apr 19, 2020

15. When We Were Kids

Situations current have us in such a state

Not knowing the future – unable to concentrate

Too much worry over what we cannot control

Perhaps excess focus comes as we grow old.

The limitations placed on our life processes

Makes us long for normal even with its stresses

Oh, to be uncomplicated, embrace all life forbids

Innocent again – like when we were kids.

Sit back, relax, take time for just you

Revisit hobbies or passions you once knew

Bring your mind present – align soul and body amid

Here and now again – just like when we were kids.

(c) Linda J. Pedley 04-19-2020


Apr 17, 2020

When We Were Kids

I sit here, in the silence and the cold,

Hand cupping that wine glass like true love

Can be found buried in the depths of a wine-aged-old

Like the lingering memories that stir and strove,

To drive away the darkness that hinders the soul

Of that child that grew up too fast, forgot too soon,

What it was like to wonder and be amazed so

At the light that touched-and-fled the moon.

But now I sit, love poured into a wine glass too small

For me to ever even really care,

That the moonlight is only a reflection of all

The beauty that exists in that quilt-like star-spangled sky so fair.

Past the rim of this…


Lana O'Neill
Lana O'Neill
Apr 16, 2020

When We Were Kids

When we were kids snow seemed deeper,

summer seemed longer, rain puddles were thrilling,

caterpillars didn’t infest, a blade of grass was a whistle,

marbles were collected, skipping rope was easy,

bicycles meant freedom, sloughs could be skating rinks,

polyester reigned, avocado was an appliance color, lilac was a toilet color,

Wonderful World of Disney was a Sunday TV staple,

cousins were playmates, the VW bug needed jump starts,

Baseline was a gravel road, mojos were less than a penny,

grandpa pinched my cheeks too hard, pets were given a lot of freedom,

my grandmas were angels on earth, my aunties were adult best friends,

I was babysitting before I was ten, donuts were for old…


When We Were Kids

Freedom used to mean growing up

And moving on our own

No longer a young pup

Living alone

Stay up late

And do what we want

Drive ourselves on our dates

No curfews to haunt

We didn’t look beyond

The good we could only see

Like a magic wand

Making life exactly the way we wanted it to be.

Work, rent, mortgage, bills

We never expected the responsibility

Just the frills

Being an adult is not what we expected it to be

​​​​​​​​​​​©April 16, 2020

​​​​​​​​​​​J. E. McKnight


Apr 16, 2020

When we were kids

there was no Facebook

only faces and books

When we were kids

there was no Netflix

only fish nets and cinema flix

When we were kids

there was no Iphone

only telephones with partyline

When we were kids

there was no Google

only maps that you need to navigate

When we were kids

there was no Covid19

there was famine, hunger and wars

there was trauma, violence and shame

there were broken families and deaths


I know that amidst the chaos and desolation

despite the ruins, death and devastation

the Sun will always come out

and the New Day will always bring HOPE

When we were kids

we saw the worst

but we also experienced

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