Walk down memory lane (a pantoum)

Let me hold your tiny hand once again
I want to relive those idyllic days once more
Let us walk down the elusive memory lane
When you were my little angel, oh so pure!

I want to relive those joyous days once more
To fill my pockets with memories of your childhood
When you were my little angel, so very pure
I just can’t believe you are stepping into adulthood!

To fill my pockets with memories of your childhood
Those sun filled days of carefree gurgling laughter
I can’t believe you are stepping into adulthood
My little doll is all grown-up, of age from hereafter.

Those sun filled days of carefree, gurgling laughter
Let me make a gallery of reminisces once again
My little doll is all grown-up, of age from hereafter
My heart is filled with such a sweet pain!

Let’s walk the gallery of reminisces once again
Let’s chase butterflies one more  time
My heart is filled with such a sweet pain
Let’s catch sunbeams and hear woods chime.

Let’s chase butterflies one more  time
Let me send you off with a heartfelt smile
Let’s catch sunbeams and hear woods chime
Your journey will be long, cover it mile by mile.

Let me send you off with a heartfelt smile
Though melancholy smites  my poor heart
Your journey is long, cover it mile by mile
And I will from afar play my part.

Though melancholy smites my poor heart
I cannot but be happy for you
And I will from afar play my part
It is now your life to live and pursue.

I cannot but be happy for you
My dear little angel, oh so pure
It is now your life to live and pursue
But let me hold your hand just once again!

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/09/20/what-do-you-see-100-september-20-2021/

64 thoughts on “Walk down memory lane (a pantoum)

  1. The nostalgia in this piece flavors each word strongly and beautifully! I love pantoums; their structure lends well to repetition that enhances each of the new lines birthed stanza by stanza. ❤

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  2. wow certainly nostalgic and a great sincere piece to share with teens as they become of age … your eldest no doubt! So tender and loving, really touches our hearts 🙂

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  3. You have perfectly captured the bittersweet point when the child is no longer the child! Written from the parent’s point of view but also with the knowledge of having been the child once before…. Love the Pantoum!

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      1. It was my mom’s death anniversary yesterday. I selected a photo of a mother and daughter. Your poem was exactly what I was thinking of writing. Thanks

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      2. Some memories never fade with time. I can’t even begin to think how it must have been for you. I am sure wherever she is, she must be very proud of you. 🙏🏼
        Thanks once again.

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      3. Yes, you’re very right. Humans often long for the v things they never had and ignore what they do. That’s why I tell my friends how lucky they are to have their mothers till their old age. 💖

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  4. Nicely written. It is a mix of sadness and happiness that we are not quite as important in our children’s lives, but the joy it brings to see them become the adults we had hoped they would be!

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  5. My eyes were sweating reading this 😢 I felt that “sweet pain” you spoke of. Gorgeous format and such a tear-jerking, eloquently worded poem. “My little doll is all grown-up, of age from hereafter”- When this line repeated, I felt the sweet pain of nostalgia, days gone by all within the blink of an eye. Absolutely ADORED this piece! 👌 Precious 💖 I’m sure, not just mothers, even daughters can relate to your beautiful words…

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  6. Oh, I so do love this. Thanks.

    So my sink was loaded with dishes,
    My wavy hair was a birdy-nest.
    But my heart beat faster by the minute and laughter never sounded so sweet.

    The best job in the world!!

    I got to raise two little boys and am forever changed by my two little boys who are wholesome young men.
    The best job in the world!

    (I’m sure little girls are as adorable) 😚 🎀
    Thanks for the lovely post.

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    1. Selma, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful lines. I feel exactly that way! Wouldn’t trade it for any other job.

      So appreciate your words. I am sure your sons too are very proud of you. ❤️

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