Thursday, September 16, 2010

Magpie 32 - Sand

You're growing up
Way too fast
You used to
drive cars on your carpet,
parking them carefully
Now you park
my car

You used to eat,
squishing the egg pieces,
before stuffing them
into your mouth
too many at a time
Now
You can flip an egg,
no spatula needed

You used to listen
while I read to you
lots of stories
lots of cuddling
Now,
you write them
and you're good
and want to be
an author

You used to
make me play
Iris, by the Goo-Goo Dolls,
over and over again
now you can play
Greenday,
on your electric guitar

The hours, just slip away
running out faster and faster,
as if someone
took the hour glass
and widened
that narrow passage
for the sand

You are growing up
and
growing away
and even though,
it's a very good thing
There are days
when I'd like to
take the hourglass,
and lay it down.
Just for a little bit.
Stop the clock
and keep you close.


This is a magpie tale.

26 comments:

Jenny said...

As always. In awe here.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

Really, so sweet.

Brian Miller said...

growing up and growing away...ouch. that stings...cant we just knock the hourglass over...smiles. nice mag tina!

kathew said...

yes-as a parent there were so many times I wanted time to stand still so I could watch my children in awe of their being.

signed...bkm said...

that is so true...they just grow up to fast ..oh if we could just go back and tuck them in bed again....nice magpie...bkm

Viki said...

This was so beautiful.

Tumblewords: said...

Time does go so fast. Nice post, to be sure.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

This is sheer genius.

"You are growing up
and
growing away
and even though,
it's a very good thing
There are days
when I'd like to
take the hourglass,
and lay it down.
Just for a little bit.
Stop the clock
and keep you close."
Every word is so true.

ocdbloggergirl said...

That was lovely and I'm sure you captured how most mothers feel.

steveroni said...

Gotta get out a Magpie this week--I still have until Tuesday...right? I love each one that I've read.

Yesss, lay down the hourglass, it stops the clock...maybe it stops 'time'??? I wish! We CAN keep them close, though...right inside our hearts!

J. Kwiatkowski said...

Very true. But I tell them every day, you'll ALWAYS be my babies.

Cheryl said...

Beautifully written Tina. I'd knock it over too if I could.

Abhilasha-The Desire said...

Growing up and growing away...bitter sweet.. Lovely mag!!

Deborah said...

So true and just lovely.

Priyanka Bhowmick said...

very sweet poem..

willow said...

Oh, yes, I so wish I could rewind, for just a bit to enjoy those sweet moments.

Martin H. said...

A reminder, if one was necessary, to cherish the time we spend with our children and grandchildren. Lovely post.

Mrs.Trellis said...

Ahh . . . if only we could. Delightful poem!

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Thanks Tina.
Now I'm all verklempt :)

Well done
sighing..I promised myself I wouldn't cry...

Rene

Aging Mommy said...

I really like this Tina, your poetry really is always so very good. This one I can tell came right from the heart and out into the written word.

dana said...

Everything grows up and away. Even our memories as we age begin to move away from our ability to remember.

Berowne said...

Yes, they do grow up and leave. Been there, done that.

Kristen Haskell said...

Your poem is precious.

Reflections said...

Beautifully stated... Nice comparisons to the then and now.

Good magpie.

Lydia said...

A poignant poem...even for one who did not have children.

House Revivals said...

Beautiful.