10 feet tall

When I was young, I knew it all,
I lived like I was 10 feet tall,
No one could ever tell me how,
If I knew then what I know now,
I'd shut my mouth and use my ears,
Instead, I wasted many years,
When your young, what you don't know,
Is just how fast your life will go.
And then one day you're looking back,
You wonder how you got off track,
You shared your heartbeat with 3 kids,
They now resent the wrong you did.
I now live like I'm 5 feet tall,
I know much more yet still not all,
One last thing I need to learn,
Before I rest within my urn,
is how to let my kids all know,
How much I've always loved them so.

About this poem

This poem is from the depths of my soul as I reflect back on my life and realize I can never go back and do it differently. I made mistakes but I always fought for my kids and through it all, they fail to realize that I've always loved them. They have disowned me, but I still love them.

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Written on April 11, 2022

Submitted by turtledove64 on April 11, 2022

Modified on May 01, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 611
Words 148
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 18

Deborah Caporale

Deborah Caporale writes poems, song lyrics (based on real life experiences) marriage vows. Two recording contracts offered for two poems. She also holds over 80 copyrights for dreamcatcher designs shaped by hand i.e., dolphins, peacocks, etc. Currently two patent pending inventions in motion and other unique creative abilities. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    Earnest and real. Congratulations!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • BetsyStephens
    Beautifully written Deborah! I also loved reading about your inspiration for writing your poem. Very touching!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • abielias1
    I really enjoyed the rhythm and flow of this piece, it reads seamlessly. Congratulations!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Briancummingssr
    The pacing and the phrasing.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Michaelmatalon
    Some grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, but this Poem is deep, yet simple to grasp, a message of regret and how time flies. The other poems try too hard with outdated language and lots of negativity.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • AshleyPYoung
    It's brave to admit your mistakes and be accountable in such a raw way. Relatable as well.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • hatwwer
    I read all of the poems and feel this is the best one. Has a good rhythm, I could actually follow the poem and not get lost, in a poem you should be able to feel what you are reading without losing focus an I could do just that. 
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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