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The Friday Poem: Inner Child

Each Friday Benicia Patch will publish an original poem. If you would like to submit your own poem please send it to benicia@patch.com.

Inner Child by Frances Jackson

Don't dare tell me I am too old
and cannot wear this cheerful blush
nor wear skewed lips and dye my hair
nor paint these toenails blue.
I've found my inner child, you see
and now she won't or can't shut up
she's ruined my chance of growing old
or even growing up.
At end of day, I fall in bed
and wait to see if I will die
so hard and fast I've seized the day
so convincing was the lie.
Morn arrives, with aches and pains
Youth whispers, "Still okay!"
(under the covers with tired old me)
"Now - let's go out and play!"

Here is the commentary from Patch poetry maestro Jeff Burkhart:
Frances Jackson sent me this wonderful poem entitled, "Inner Child". You young folks may not realize it from looking at our aging exteriors, but even though we of advancing years seem old to you, we feel young in the temples of our minds. Ponce De Leon, in his quest for the fountain of eternal youth, tells me that resisting the vagaries of Father Time has been a concern since long ago. Today more than ever, aging populations are still seeking those magical waters. Well Francis, I for one am with you 100%. We will have to arrange a play-date for our inner children.

 

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Frances Jackson September 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Jeff, well said and thank you for framing this small effort so well. Frances Jackson
Frances Jackson September 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
By the way, this page won't print out the poem either by "selection" or using your "print" command???
Peter Bray September 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Frances Jackson rocks! Peter Bray, Benicia, CA
Sherry Sheehan September 15, 2012 at 04:42 AM
She sure does, Peter. Yay, Frances!
MicheleM September 15, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Frances, you perfectly captured the dilemma of aging, I remember my dad always saying no-matter how many birthdays had passed he still felt like a 16 year old inside! Brava!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 02, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Very, Very nice Frances. Keep up the good words "MoPoe"(Mother Poet)!! Your poem reminds me of the old Southern addage: "Once a Man/Woman...Twice a child"!!
Frances Jackson November 03, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Special from you, Bobby. Thanks.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You are welcomed, Frances and you are SPECIAL TOO!!! Believe DAT!!!

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