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Each spring as a child
when family parties of
holiday celebrations
by then were just
mere echos in my head

I'd go a-caroling

while playing in the
fresh mud of our garden
toes wriggling deep
alongside the sow bugs
that tilled the soil

tomboy that I was
still in my Sunday best
my voice would rise up
to the birds perched
on the backyard fence

as I'd go a-caroling

taking in the dappled sun
strained through the branches
of a eucalyptus
that had a treehouse
where you could find me

a-caroling so free and easy
in that tree all breezy

in the crow's nest swaying
watching for pirates - avast!
I'd call out, saying
to the cap'n far below
Mom's calling us for lunch!

and off we'd go a-caroling
just as fast as we could

back in my childhood
where scraped knees were kissed
and summers were bliss,
and all was safe for a while
within my mother's smile.
:bulletred: 2/26/13: I just got notified that my poem was moved from its original category and put into Scraps. No idea why it was treated like this, but now it's in another category in hopes it will stay there. I've updated the piece and submitted it to some groups. Perhaps all of this happening will actually give new life to my words which were dedicated to World Cancer Day at the time. <3

In honor of World Cancer Day [link] this poem with the healthy childhood theme is my submission as a participant to show my support in so many ways.

Please join in. So many of you reading this have such wonderful abilities.

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Koppo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
a lovely childhood it seemed. Good work.
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Ah thank you! I was a lover of climbing trees, running barefoot everywhere in the spring and summer, tying my hair up in ponytails, and crawling around in dirt and mud as I made forts and roads for my toy soldiers! :D
Cibbwin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God, babe, this is lovely! What comforting moments of innocence and imagination you brought me here. Thank you. <3
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Aw you're so very welcome, dear Robert! I've got other pieces in my gallery where I reminesce more of my childhood, and these are some of my most fond poems to write. <3
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the mood in this. :heart:
Wonderful work, Jade!
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
gosh thanks so much, Rachel. sorry for the lag, I was a pretty sick girl. :heart:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries, Jade.
I hope you're feeling better. :hug:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
It's slow-going, but it's going all the same - thank you for your wishes. :hug:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well that's the right direction, at least. (:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
yep yep :iconyesyesplz:
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