Accidental Poet

Let Them Be a Kid


These days

A child grows up too fast

All too soon your days

Have run from first to last


For life is too short

Especially when we’re young

And childhood is the sweetest

Where you learn to have fun


All too often

We teach the little ones

To act like us adults

Cuteness overload reruns


But blind are we

We who always look back

Must we steal their childhood?

The one they’ll lack


Let them play

Let their dreams run free

For them to make memories

From climbing a tree


For they need to play

With childhood toys

Of baby dolls and Tonka Trucks

For all the girls and boys


Please don’t make them

Grow up too soon

Keep their eyes Earthbound

Before they shoot for the Moon


Let them be ghosts and witches

Goblins and Ghouls for Halloween

When crazy laughing

Turns to a lavish scream


Let them have a childhood

Like most of us did

Even if you didn’t

Let them be a kid


Copyright © Accidental Poet 2015


  • Frank Prem

    Kids to be kids? Novel concept - filled with so much risk! Really can't be having too much of that AP.

    • Accidental Poet

      Yes, I suppose as they say, there is risk in everything. Thanks for reading Frank. ; )

    • WL Schuett

      Let them climb trees , love it cool poem

    • BlueDays

      A great reminder. Lovely read

      • Accidental Poet

        Thanks BlueDays. Glad you enjoyed it. ; )

      • Goldfinch60

        So very true, kids are being pushed too far and too fast beyond their years.

        • Accidental Poet

          May I direct you to the comment I left Kat above? Thanks for reading and commenting Goldfinch. ; )

        • Sefrin

          This is beautiful! And true it is.

          • Accidental Poet

            Thanks Sefrin, I appreciate your reading. ; )

          • Candlewitch

            dear AP,

            good advice in a great poem. let them be kids, but don't forget to teach them the basics of manners and honor and to be kind to animals, etc.

            *hugs, Cat

            • Accidental Poet

              That too. I knew there was something I forgot to add. Thanks Cat. ; )

            • poetboy5454

              A spectacular write and great advice!

              • Accidental Poet

                Thanks poetboy, I appreciate your compliment and reading. ; )

              • Tony36

                Great write

              • myself and me

                Totally agree with you. Do not ruin their childhoods with adult's nonsense.
                All the kids going to love you.
                Beautiful writing.

              • dusk arising

                Super writing. Lovely to read. Should be presented to every new parent so they can hang it behind the loo door and contemplate.

                • Accidental Poet

                  Thanks for the compliment and reading dusk. ; )

                • malubotelho

                  I just love your writing. So good. I love kids. They are a puddle of joy.
                  Thanks for writing it.

                  • Accidental Poet

                    Thank you malu for reading and your compliment. It was just something in me that had to come out. ; )

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