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The Eternal Children

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Paul Allen Lupien
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since 09-09-99
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Ferndale,Mi.USA


0 posted 09-23-1999 04:10 PM       View Profile for Paul Allen Lupien   Email Paul Allen Lupien   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Paul Allen Lupien

What happens to children grown old?
Do they still exist,perhaps,in some other dimension of time or being?
Are they still findable there-
still laughing at clowns,
screaming shrillily at summer splashes,
shivering with blue lips that joyfully tremble
with the newness of a first felt winters' snow coldness?
Do they yet gush with beet redness from embarrasments
of imagined dignities lost after running-falls
or so very personal secrets revealed
by the callousness of Big People who never understand?
Do they yet,somewhere,steal away to their unknown hiding places
high above or deep below the average plain
where the Big People live?
(that plain of plainess-playful not in deed or in thought-
that of even headed dullness which waits for them-
children dashing head longingly towards this
inevitable future levelling)
For they do fade from our view
as yesterdays' light
as tiny ships overwhelmed by oceans,
precious seconds eaten up by clocks,
devoured,they become memories.
They no longer breathe among us,
nor do they awake to new morning promises of sparkling adventures.
But do they ever really cease to be?
Such as these must live on yet
in some secluded moss soft green,
or sandy,oceanic,mist-filled
Essential Place
where smiles are instantaneous and heartfelt,
where tears sprinkle moments with quick showers,
watering all the life around them,
summoning comfort,demanding love
and then lulled to peace by the knowledge
that they are small
and completely deserving of absolute protection.
For they must yet be
as nothing which created such innocence
would ever will it to end.
Somewhere,all the children must still play their hide and seek.
Somewhere,nearly motionless,
little hands on tiny giggling mouths-
they are hiding
within us.


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poetFemmeFatale
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since 07-25-99
Posts 2961
Arkansas


1 posted 09-23-1999 07:11 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

This just leaves me breathless...I can't even count how many of your lines truly made me sigh...I've often wondered this myself....It's certainly a mystery, and worth the effort you've displayed here in wondering. Beautiful piece, deserving to go back to the top for others to enjoy. Thank you for taking me to this "place".....I truly enjoyed it.

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I beckon you to come...I lure you with my tongue... - poet FemmeFatale


Paul Allen Lupien
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since 09-09-99
Posts 116
Ferndale,Mi.USA


2 posted 09-23-1999 09:07 PM       View Profile for Paul Allen Lupien   Email Paul Allen Lupien   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Allen Lupien

Dear Femme,Thank you so much for responding to this and some other of my works.Was feeling that my writing style was not too much liked.Your words were greatly encouraging.Guess I'll have to post some more after all.Your comments expressed a true understanding of what I was trying to convey.Thank you again!

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Artur Hawkwing
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since 06-30-99
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3 posted 09-24-1999 01:23 AM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

Hey Paul, great writing style - one of the best here at PinP in my opinion (hey, did you see that netpoets???)...

I love this one very much. Unfortunately my time resource is not sufficient.

I will read this again later to give a better evaluation, when I have the time!
Paul Allen Lupien
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4 posted 09-24-1999 01:34 AM       View Profile for Paul Allen Lupien   Email Paul Allen Lupien   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Allen Lupien

Thanks so much Artur...

Paul

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hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


5 posted 09-24-1999 09:55 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Paul....I for one refuse to grow up

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Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints in our heart and we are never ever the same.

Thank you all for leaving footprints!!
Seymour Tabin
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since 07-07-99
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Tamarac Fla


6 posted 09-24-1999 10:24 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Paul,
I think pFF said it all, good style good poem
enjoyed the read.
Denise
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7 posted 09-25-1999 07:38 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Paul, this is fabulous! Very well done!

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Denise
Isis
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8 posted 09-25-1999 07:51 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Well done and oh so true, there will always be a child in each of us. I'm 32 and at times I swear I feel 15. Great job!!..:..

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A hero is a man who does what he can.
~Isis~
(The Fragile Rose)


Julie
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since 08-20-99
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Houston, TX


9 posted 09-25-1999 07:59 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Thank you for helping me remember the child
in me, feelin' old today . This was beautifully written. Do not doubt yourself
you come across eloquently and with great
style. I yet only hope to achieve.

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Julie
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Thou who has given so much to me,
give one thing more: a grateful heart.
>George Herbert



graham
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since 07-31-99
Posts 62
South Yorkshire, England


10 posted 09-25-1999 08:40 PM       View Profile for graham   Email graham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for graham

Ohhhh...you're just a big kid aren't you Paul? Meeeee tooooo!!!!

And I don't ever want to grow up.
Thanks for reminding me of that!


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I always wanted an edible canoe
but you can't have your kayak and eat it too!
Paul Allen Lupien
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Ferndale,Mi.USA


11 posted 09-25-1999 09:17 PM       View Profile for Paul Allen Lupien   Email Paul Allen Lupien   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Allen Lupien

Really appreciate your comments-very much.
Yep,I'm still a kid at heart-think all of us here hold onto that thread of sanity.After all ,compared to this old and gigantic universe,how can anyone really believe they are "grown up"and/or powerful?
Thanks again

No kidding,

Paul

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Pepper
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since 08-19-99
Posts 3134
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12 posted 09-25-1999 09:34 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Paul, I agree with Artur...you are one of the best....I always look forward to reading your work and I do not think I have missed a one since you started posting here.....this poem is one of my favorites loved the place you took me to......

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Balladeer
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13 posted 09-25-1999 09:47 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This is a wonderful topic to write a poem about...and you did it brilliantly. Please don't ever think your style is not welcome here. I consider you among the most talented writers I have read because your poems are always quality. It is to my shame that I don't respond enough to those I admire. Things just move very fast sometimes. But I do read everything you do.

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