Long to be a Child

August 3, 2023

Long to be a Child

Where did it go that flashed for ever?
The sweet-sweeter childhood
Gone for ever the spent and the molten
The sharp shooting archery tests..!

Always played me with others
Ignorant of good and bad
Built huts with green grass and leaves
Offered prayers sprinkling florals

Grandpa’s moon smiled at me
Grandma’s stories filled my heart
Floated in air with dreaming eyes
Dressing sometimes like a shy-bride

The red foot prints in the hall
Always narrated stories of mine
For which Ma raised her arms
And the marks of lashes still on my back..!

The shout and whip on me
Were yet the marks of my childhood?
When I remember those parted souls
I caress myself over those marked lines..!

Now…how long the time has gone?
Why the earth still rewinds?
It changed me from a child to an adult
But still I long to be a child..!



By S N Bhat
S N Bhat, Saipangallu, is a retired headmaster of Kendriya Vidyalaya Kasargod.
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Comment on this article

  • Muraleedharan p v, Payyanur

    Wed, Aug 16 2023

    It turned out to be true that poetry is the spontanious overflow of emotions. My dear friend, Bhat sir, I from the core of myy heart appreciate your skill of creation

  • jeevan amanna, Udupi/Muscat

    Sat, Aug 05 2023

    Dear Sir, Hope you remember me its been ages since we left lush green Kudremukh but your article resonates the childhood memories. We cherish the memories from Kendriya Vidyalaya Kudremukh and your pleasing personality. Wonderfully written sir, keep going... best wishes Jeevan Amanna

  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Aug 04 2023

    Yes Sir,you are right .Time has gone too fast and we have to see it in our children and grand children.That time was bit simply different than present one.We used to throw stones to mango or cashew trees to get green fruits or cashews.Now where are they ?Children now sit with tablet or mobile to play.we used to play with stones or ball .Now where is the ground gone?Hard times we had our good times outside .We have to cherish them now .Granny used to tell stories of past or tales.Now does anyone ?Or anyone interested?Oh ,good olden times eateries.Now have to buy in shop .Hardly home made.Yes we were lucky to enjoy these days.Let us only have a memory of that what we had.In school days and child days.

  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Thu, Aug 03 2023

    You do not have to long. Sit on a time machine and go back to the phase of childhood you want to remember. I do it, sometimes. And have done it in my memoirs.

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