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Chasing Childhood MAG

By Alisa Tiwari, Chevy Chase, MD

I had a dream last night
Where I saw childhood run away.
I chased it ’til I could no more
And everything faded to gray

What happened to the picnics?
Cotton candy at the fair?
Nobody goes anymore
Too busy to even care

Where are the dress-up clothes?
Trips for ice cream after school?
Now we’re doing homework
Or pretending not to, if you’re cool

I woke up the next morning
Wondering why I was so blue
And I realized it was no dream
I let childhood go too soon.

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This article has 38 comments.

mikeyluvsme said...
on Apr. 15 2015 at 10:31 pm
cool amazing luv it

Bubbs GOLD said...
on Jan. 30 2013 at 3:05 am
Bubbs GOLD, Rowlands Gill, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Be so good that they can't ignore you."

I wish I could write like you! Xx

InkWriter13 said...
on Jun. 23 2012 at 1:21 pm
Beautiful writing. Loved every word. I totally relate with this. I feel like childhood slips away quickly from us--especially as we struggle through teen years. I love how you used it as a dream. Superb writing. Great perspective. Great clarity. 5 stars. Would you comment on two of my poems? :)

jellybean said...
on Apr. 24 2012 at 4:46 pm

kinda like my older sister becuz she got with older guy so ya


on Mar. 28 2012 at 10:06 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Cool~ This is great!

illusions GOLD said...
on Mar. 22 2012 at 2:53 pm
illusions GOLD, I Dontg Even Like This Town, Other
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its very realteble! can u plx check me out and comment plz? thnx

on Nov. 16 2011 at 8:40 pm
Helena_Noel BRONZE, Burnt Hills, New York
1 article 0 photos 629 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.” -Edgar Guest

I have to disagree with everybody when they say that is was perfect. I think that you kind of threw off the rhyme scheme on the last verse, when I read it I kinda felt like someone jabbed me with thier finger. But otherwise keep up the good work! It's better than a lot of my stuff! I love the subject you chose, I think that you did a very good job of making it something relatable and it was very gereally good. I think a lot of us, myself included, can't help but wonder why we can't enjoy our childhoods since as teens we're technically still kids. Three stars!

Duckie430 said...
on Nov. 16 2011 at 11:01 am
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

such a beautiful & powerful poem. i really like this!

on Oct. 4 2011 at 9:12 pm
maraquette.koss SILVER, New City, New York
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so simple and clean, really beautiful message

on Oct. 3 2011 at 2:36 pm
Chibbie1 PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
38 articles 8 photos 181 comments

Favorite Quote:
Reach for the the moon for if you fail you land amongst the stars :)

It reminds me soo much of my life right now. Very good work. I would love  you criticisim in my own work please :)


on Sep. 11 2011 at 5:28 am
SLim_SHaDy SILVER, Akola, Other
8 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
Arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached!

Short But Sweet!

on Jul. 7 2011 at 9:10 pm
Bushra Ghaniwala BRONZE, Oakbrook, Illinois
2 articles 0 photos 14 comments
I'd appreciate it if ya'll also give feedback to the recent story i've uploaded and rate it. Constructive criticism is always encouraged also. Thanks

on Jul. 7 2011 at 9:09 pm
Bushra Ghaniwala BRONZE, Oakbrook, Illinois
2 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Gosh. Few words, great value. I love this. <3 It kinda got me emotional.

im a fan.

on Jul. 5 2011 at 2:23 pm
Aubreylax PLATINUM, Pomfret Center, Connecticut
22 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
Give in to love, or live in fear

This is a really great poem. It perfectly describes what I feel so often. Kudos!

on May. 2 2011 at 8:06 pm
WhatAboutNikki DIAMOND, Uncasville, Connecticut
77 articles 4 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Speak your mind even if your voice shakes." -Unknown
"The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of concious thought"-Unknown
"With me, poetry is not a purpose, but a passion" -Edgar Allen Poe
"Mad is stupid"-Pops

Fantastic job!!! It's soo true. I often think of this too...I wrote a poem about it, but not as good as this :) Keep writing!!! <3

on Mar. 19 2011 at 12:44 am
Lindsey Brunkala BRONZE, Winter Springs, Florida
3 articles 2 photos 5 comments
lovely poem. fantastic writing. don't stop because you have a special gift. :)

on Mar. 17 2011 at 3:40 pm
HaleyDRog. GOLD, Easley, South Carolina
11 articles 14 photos 291 comments

Favorite Quote:
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on. -Robert Frost

Wow!! Really great. I am never let down when I read a new peice of your work! Are are a gifted writer!

lmd_4994 GOLD said...
on Feb. 3 2011 at 12:05 pm
lmd_4994 GOLD, Union Grove, Alabama
13 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"May you live every day of your life" - Jonathan Swift

Aw! I really like it!

on Jan. 12 2011 at 9:08 pm
whateverjuliet BRONZE, Miami, Florida
3 articles 3 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
true love never dies,it only gets stronger with time.

WOW! i loved it!!! absolutely lovet it!

on Nov. 29 2010 at 10:19 pm
kelliejo19 GOLD, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
19 articles 7 photos 48 comments
Wow!!! this is great!!! loved it!