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message 1: by Vincent, Mod & Author (last edited Sep 08, 2010 11:31AM) (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1102 comments Mod
A Return to Youth

If I could slip out of this skin
And don the unblemished features of a kid long since vanished
To the carnival I would fly

I’ll paint this fantasy on an autumn day
Where an orange sun sleeps on the western horizon
Golden leaves hide the sidewalks
And the air carries the lingering fragrance of a departed afternoon shower

The entrance stands before me
A Ferris wheel slicing that rusty sun
A distant barker shouting the hour’s winner
The scent of rain suddenly sweetened and buttered

With a lighter pocket
But a stamp on the back of my hand marking my entrance
A rush of choices flood my mind:
Haunted house? Roller coaster? Ring toss?

I let my feet do the deciding
Worn sneakers pressing against sawdust and dirt
Simply walking in the organized chaos

Do you see it?
The swirl of blue cotton candy
The fortune teller peering through the cloudy window
The man with the top hat striding on stilts

Do you hear it?
“Come one, come all, the greatest show you’ve…”
“Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and…”
“That’s right, people. The heaviest man on the face…”

Do you feel it?
The warmth exhaling out of the aerobatics tent
The vibrating ground
The energy of a thousand racing hearts

As a child we experience
But don’t appreciate these moments
Of beauty and magic

It’s only by peering
Back through time’s tunnel
As an adult
That the lens is cleaned

We understand and cherish
But the experiencing part is long done

(c) 2010 by Vincent Lowry

message 2: by Fiona (new)

Fiona McGier | 69 comments Vincent, very well done. Younger folks might not understand, but for anyone over, say, 40, it's the simple things that you look back and wish you could experience one more time. The total sense of being irresponsible and it was okay, is what I miss. No kid will listen, but I still tell them to stop trying so hard to become an adult before they have to. Childhood only lasts about 12 years these days, and you will be an adult for the rest of your life...probably over 50-60 years, and it gets "old" fast!

message 3: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1102 comments Mod
Thank you, Fiona :)

It is true that you spend most of your life as an adult...often reflecting on memories you had as a child.

Writing is often about stepping through doors to the past that, in reality, cannot be reopened once shut.

message 4: by Brenda (new)

Brenda | 88 comments Very nicely said Vincent!

message 5: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1102 comments Mod
Thank you, Brenda! I'm pleased you enjoyed it.


message 6: by Alice (new)

Alice Yeh (stimulatedoutlet) | 58 comments Thanks for sharing that, Vincent!

Why children want to grow up faster, I will never know....

message 7: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 408 comments Hey Vincent, you should get in contact with a graphic designer named Deena Warner. Your poetry and her Halloween cards would make a perfect match. She is always looking for someone to write stuff to go with her artwork and she is fantastic. Here's her link.

message 8: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne (jeanne_voelker) | 42 comments Steven,

Your link leads to a security warning regarding Deena's site.

message 9: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1102 comments Mod
Hi Alice and Steven,

Thank you for the positive comments. :) I'm glad you guys enjoyed it.

Steven, I'll make a note of Deena Warner. Does that link work? I saw Jeanne's comment about the security warning?

message 10: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 408 comments Hey thanks Jeanne I will check out whats up with the link and get you all a new one. Deena Warner is a graphic designer/web designer and has done the work for if you want to check that out. Oh and sorry I took so long to get back to ya all.

message 11: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 408 comments

Here try this address out. This should get you to her stories that have been done for her Halloween cards. My daughter actually wrote one of the stories for her as well. But I definitely think she would use a poem by Vincent to go with a card. My daughter's story was called Shadowed Life and is in the link to the 2008 card.

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