This Life #Poem #Poetry

Not written a poem for a while…

This Life

Do you remember when we were small?
When the days never seemed to end, at all?
The times when happiness cost not a jot
And we seemed to laugh an awful lot?
Do you recall that corner shop?
Where sweets were a penny, and lolly pops?
The bikes we used to race to the park
We’d be out all day ‘til nearly dark?
Finding chalk and marking grids
Running like mad, and making skids?
Innocent fun, those days gone by
They’ll never come back, however hard we try
 
I pity the children born in the now
To have real fun, they’ll never know how
Heads buried in tablets, fingers poised to swipe
Not living their life, just following hype
Growing up in a world of false perfection
Not enough likes, facing rejection
Is this really the world we want to see
Or do we need to set technology free?
Stop taking selfies, live in the present
Your filter-less face is much more pleasant
Get on a bike, go for a run
You got this life, you only get one.

Ritu 2020

89 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Mocha
    Mar 27, 2020 @ 03:15:18

    Just found your poem. I agree and concur. Nice piece!

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  2. PrettyPenguin
    Mar 23, 2020 @ 00:06:25

    Beautiful writing! I love this!!

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  3. Rajveer Nair
    Mar 22, 2020 @ 13:55:41

    Really nice poem, perfect words. This poem is a mirror showing the true reflection of today’s children.
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  4. Masha
    Mar 20, 2020 @ 18:28:48

    Beautiful, love it.

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  5. Haroon Mirza
    Mar 20, 2020 @ 09:40:26

    Beautifully captured the childhood

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  6. vampi300
    Mar 18, 2020 @ 20:06:11

    Love this x

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  7. joylennick
    Mar 17, 2020 @ 14:10:58

    Second comment! Your delightful poem has unleashed so many more memories. Although every single one of us – regardless of age – will have different ‘takes’ as to whether our ‘good old days’ were indeed so good…it can’t be denied that, harking way back, because we had no TV’s and phones in particular, we children used our brains in more imaginative ways. I personally think that too much ‘instant’ everything is harmful and makes people lazy. Of course we have to move on and thank heavens for that,but there is always a subtle price to pay.Food for thought. hugs xx

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  8. Vincent Ehindero
    Mar 17, 2020 @ 12:55:58

    I love this. You’ve got a nice blog, and I’m glad to follow you. 🤗

    It’s an honor to be here 🙇 . I hope I can make good friends with you💐

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  9. Praise Ayambe
    Mar 12, 2020 @ 20:48:02

    Amazing poem.👍👏👏
    If only there was a way we could experience both of these lives without the feeling of missing out or cheating oneself

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  10. tetti
    Mar 11, 2020 @ 02:26:12

    I read your poem to my granddaughter. Well worded thoughts. Thanks.

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  11. My poems your eyes...
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 15:36:28

    Lovely Job dude!!

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  12. oneofakindpoet
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 19:28:04

    Good work, i definitely miss the good old days . Im also a writer to. If you will like to check out my page. 🙂

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  13. EddieB
    Mar 04, 2020 @ 13:12:05

    This is a terrific little poem. I’m very happy to have found it

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  14. Midnightlion
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 15:00:57

    Love it

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  15. Midnightlion
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 15:00:47

    Wow. Beautiful. Utterly indescribable. Amazing.
    Thank you for writing this Ritu🙏❤️

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  16. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Mar 01, 2020 @ 13:58:02

    Oh, Sis is honouring the “good old time”- 😉 Life in the present is important as never before.Dont lost yourself in the net. 🙂 Well wooven poem. Thank you, and have a beautiful rest of the Sunday! Michael

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  17. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 22:23:46

    Wonderful Ritu.. some people think that we were deprived as children playing hopscotch and jacks but we didn’t know any different and we certainly seemed to have much more freedom than children today. Room to grow and learn… ♥

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  18. Jennie
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 15:59:33

    Wow!! Hear hear to a wonderful poem. Thank you, Ritu.

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  19. H.R.R. Gorman
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 15:02:22

    Ah, the nostalgia feeling – I try as hard as I can not to feel like new generations have it bad, because we have no idea what will come after them! I think the biggest loss is how kids don’t really go outdoors so much, which I can’t see as a good thing.

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  20. thereluctantpoet
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 04:08:55

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  21. Jacquie Biggar
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 00:27:27

    This reminds me of my youth. I think there is a lot more technology now, but we as parents have a responsibility to teach our children when it’s okay to use them and when they can get their butts out the door and play, as my mom used to say!

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    • Ritu
      Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:42:00

      It definitely us, and sometimes parents are the culprits… Using ‘electronic babysitters’ from a young age, so the kids are occupied while they do their own social media!

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  22. justmuddlingthroughlife
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 23:01:19

    My two like to play roblox together. Tonight they showed me their two avatars swimming together.
    They do love their bikes as well and the rubbish weather and broken fence means they are not in the garden much right now.
    We used to spend hours playing outside, the children don’t play like we used to.
    I remember buying the penny sweets on the way home from school.

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  23. syl65
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 15:18:33

    The age of technology was is a blessing and a cursing. I remember be outside with my friends until dark. Good, nostalgic words, Sister 💜

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  24. ~M
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 14:38:05

    Perfectly put! 😉

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  25. Adele Marie
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:24:38

    Total truth, I love this poem. xxx

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  26. Erika
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 08:47:41

    We had a fun life exploring and interacting in real life. Then again, I don’t think our kids are missing out on something. They only know what they know. And if I am right, may older generations said similar things about us. Today it is the internet and 40 years ago it was TV. But for sure, I am glad, I experienced what I experienced 😊

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  27. joylennick
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 08:35:01

    Hi Ritu, Thank you! That was fun, and rang so many bells…One house near one grand-mother sported a ‘sweet-shop’…in the front room and up the stairs, waiting for our halfpennies and farthings! And when evacuated to Wales, we used to ‘toboggan’ on a piece of lino down the slag tips until my aunt called us in as it grew dusk, shouting “Your dinner’s rose…”Warming memories.

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  28. ellenbest24
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 07:49:31

    A super read. I enjoyed the innocence the way the subject believes utterly, completely and categorically that her child hood was the best. But today’s children will say the same. Today, they are finding fun in their end game. Moving on is not necessarily worse but different. Nostalgia has a way of remembering the good times and tucking the not so good ones away. Today most children have no personal knowledge of true hunger (thank goodness), lonely isolated kids can text wassap etc in a flash; connecting in someway. Love and happieness evolves like the way we play, the food we eat.
    A different way of life is now. Not all, but fewer, most children won’t ever be cold, because of the way our homes are built now … the way we know how to protect (unless they are sadly neglected). Your memories will be different than mine. The Television was going to radiate our brains, blind us all if we sat to close, stop us from bonding because we would be addicted to watching. Worries evolve too in the name of progress. I enjoyed your post Ritu, it will be good to see one day, what today’s children think of their childhoods.

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  29. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 07:37:02

    Oh this is so true Ritu. How the world has changed for youngsters. I often think whilst waiting for a bus that people don’t talk to each other in the queue heads buried in their mobiles. I’m guilty of this too. 😦

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  30. willowdot21
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 07:27:41

    Bang on Sis a perfect poem, scary isn’t it we have reached this era and I fear there is no going back 💜

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  31. robbiesinspiration
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 04:53:34

    This is a lovely poem, Ritu. I was saying to my mom just the other day that my childhood was better than my boys for these same reasons.

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  32. Shivangi
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 04:09:17

    Lovely poem…!

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  33. kindredspirit23
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 04:01:57

    I enjoy the weirdness of “The Black Mirror” – an English Sci-fi/horror collection on Netflix. There was an episode (oh God, don’t watch the 1st episode! You may never watch another and the rest are so much better!). Anyway, this episode was a future in which everything was run by the number of Likes and Dislikes you had at any second…a waiter who delivered a wrong drink to a table of ladies might get 5-6 dislikes which could undo his entire savings program…need to watch.
    This poem made me think of it!

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  34. Book Club Mom
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 01:41:44

    I like this – I’m all for running around and riding bikes.

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  35. Susanne Swanson
    Feb 27, 2020 @ 23:38:49

    Well done! I love being taken back to simpler times.

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