Excitement Inspired In His/Her Time.

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Dedication: To all parents! Of daughters and sons!

While digging through some older and forgotten papers, of mine, I came across a poem I must have written in 1998. The year when my son went away to college. 9 years before writing and posting "Our Grampa Ed" which should be seen as the tandem piece to this.

For weeks, when alone and at home, I would actually cry about losing him to his newfound adulthood. Though I was most happy for and proud of him. Recognizing the arrival of a new and future reduction in the frequency of our time/s together made me sad. Changing the nature and definition of our father/son relationship as well. Forever more.

The photograph is of my son and grand-son(born: 2007).

Excitement Inspired In His/Her Time

By

Edward J. Bradley

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Let the Spirit that guides

Take you to where,

You'll be with others

For whom you care.

*

Hope all,whom you meet, are

Not from a zoo

And all of them will

Care for you too.

*

Your college success!

Triumph! For you.

Hope it's not "Good-bye!"

Forever too!

*

Now! What will you do?

Where will you go?

Just once in a while,

Please let us know!

*

When places afar can't

Make your soul burn.

Many! Right here!

'Wait your return.

*

Your future success.

Who can say "When"?

"Long time, No see"

"N'est tres bien!"

*

By now, you must think:

"What a strange poem!"

From one far away.

But no longer know'm.

*

Copyright (C) Edward J. Bradley 1998


Submitted: May 28, 2008

© Copyright 2021 EdwardJBradleySr. All rights reserved.

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Kred35

A very touching and loving poem. Your never quit loving your kids. As my daughter is my joy......
Loved this poem, so caring, so sweet.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 6:42am

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Kred35:

Thank you for reading, commenting and your most warm and tender compliment. Much appreciated.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 5:08pm

Susan Hartline Fouts

I loved the rhyming. It was such a thoughtful loving poem and I enjoyed it very much.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 10:32am

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Susan Hartline Fouts:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 4:23pm

Jhec Consolacion

Nice poem...excitement..;)

Wed, May 28th, 2008 12:24pm

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Jhec Consolacion:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 3:49pm

LoveCicely

Awww..very cute! I love message.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 1:59pm

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LoveCicely:

Thank you for reading, commenting and "loving" the message.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 3:48pm

apodiform

awe, such a bittersweet poem. I've only been on the other end but I can certainly understand missing your loved ones and being proud to know them at the same time! ~Em

Wed, May 28th, 2008 2:07pm

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apodiform:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

You will experience it, from my end, in the future. Of this, I'm certain. Then you will learn the meaning of the biblical phrase/s which tells us, approximately, "Great blessings and great burdens go hand-in-hand..." and "Those, to whom, much is given, much is expected...".

Worth it! Though, at times, tough to take.

Thank you again.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 3:46pm

Brooke Gross

A good poem, but they don't always have to rhyme.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 4:20pm

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Brooke Gross:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Only line #2 & #4, of each verse, were intended to and do rhyme. As these lines complete the thought more fully/completely expressed in Line #1 & #2 and Line #3 & #4, of each verse, respectively.

If you would like a fuller discussion of my own ideas as to how poetry can be written, please read my posting of "Love Intended: #1, #2 & #3". Most especially, my responses in the "Comments" section of this posting.

Thank you again.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 3:35pm

SCYFI Bowtie

Your son is very lucky to have a father like you, I lost mines when I was 16 (I'm 36 now) if I ever have children maybe I can do something like this for them.

Good job.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 6:09pm

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SCYFIBowtie:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment. Feel free to copy and use this one, for your children, when the time comes.

Thank you again.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, May 28th, 2008 3:25pm

gwenraven

The piece seems so immediate, it must have been strange to rediscover it again after so many years. There's no way you could write such an honest poem based on a 9 year old memory. Well done!

Thu, May 29th, 2008 4:32pm

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gwenraven:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Thu, May 29th, 2008 6:54pm

Brian Peza Perrins

Great piece Ed!

Fri, May 30th, 2008 2:39pm

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Brian Peza Perrins:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the glowing compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, May 30th, 2008 4:03pm

air

ED ^_^ Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
i'ts so good to see post again. this is so heart warming, and sincere. I see you have pulled on some heart strings up there with the readers too ^_^

Thanks too for sharing the picture. you must be so proud!
~katie

Sat, May 31st, 2008 2:24am

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Katie:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the compliment and the "I Like It" vote.

Yes! When, I think, my blessings may be few. Among them, in addition to their mothers, they are the best 2! Thus far.

Maybe God will send a grand-daughter. In the future.

Thank you again.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Fri, May 30th, 2008 8:59pm

Pratibha

Thank You Ed, for this beautiful poem summarising the agony and loneliness of parents whose kids fly away from nest to carve their own niche....we sure r proud as parents BUT how much we miss them , only our lonely heart, mind and soul knows....
i am sure one day, i will be missing all these moments spent with my son and i am so glad i chose to be at-home with him till he joins school nd not pursue my career. I am happy that i am doing what is expected from me as a 'mother' from GOD.
Tears started rolling down my eyes too...i could sense ur pain...and could related to it........
u r a sweetheart and we all love you for these sincere and heartfelt poems
MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH ALL HAPPINESS.....AMEEN !

Sat, May 31st, 2008 9:50pm

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Pratibha:

Thank you for reading, commenting, the compliment and your most warm and Godly blessing. Most appreciated.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sat, May 31st, 2008 4:33pm

Oxymandias

Hello, Mr. Bradley. I love this poem. It's a true poem, and I empathized with you for the quite force of its love and hopes . Its so great to see the son in question with his own son, so great to kn ow it all turned out well in the end.

Sun, June 1st, 2008 6:29pm

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Oxymandias:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Yes! Everything has turned out well. Thus far. The saga never really ends. It is just that we may reach milestones, acknowledge and give "Thanks to God" for them as we travel along the many different concurrent and sequential legs of the journey. Helps to keep our minds from focusing, for too long, on the disappointments, we all experience, as well.

Thank you again.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sun, June 1st, 2008 12:00pm

Steve Ritter

I don't have any children of my own, but I remember distinctly how my relationship with my father changed when I moved away to college for the first time. It's a great poem though and feels very personal. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mon, June 2nd, 2008 6:45am

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Steve Ritter:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Mon, June 2nd, 2008 8:39pm

Elain Weston

i really enjoyed reading it. many parts had me smiling. you work wonders with your rhyme.

Mon, June 2nd, 2008 5:46pm

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Elain Weston:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the glowing compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Mon, June 2nd, 2008 8:42pm

deannajoy

i absolutly love this poem as a parent myself i can so relate to it there is no love greater that the love of a parent for their child/children my oldest is only 17 and though i should still have my "mommy" time with her before she flys the coop she chose to take that leap a little sooner as she had a baby 2 months after turning 17 so now shes off living her new life with her husband to be and her new baby i miss her being home with me on a daily basis and i now dread the day my 15 year old leaves home as well as she is my "baby" however i do know they have to make their own way as i will not always be there to protect them so as they go i send them out with all my love and let them know that i am always here if ever they should need me :)

Wed, June 4th, 2008 5:27pm

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deannajoy:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the commpliment.

We are in complete agreement. Now that we are both grand-parents. Even more so.

Thank you again.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, June 4th, 2008 2:21pm

punne4e

^^Straight from heart as it shows,well good one from you.I enjoyed and felt when i read it.Hope more brilliant in future from you.
I give 65 points out of 100 to you for it,just joke.Well again Congrats to share it with us.
^^VICKY.punne4e

Fri, June 6th, 2008 1:17pm

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punne4e:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the compliment.

Lucky! It did surface. After nearly 10 years.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sat, June 7th, 2008 10:29pm

Mellyface

I'm not a parent, so I'm not sure if there is something hidden in this for parents that I don't understand [since you said it was ideal for parents to read this in your description]
but I did find this a good read.
This was the other one you told me to read, I beleive.
It's touching, and actually makes me think of [for whatever reasons] those who I have lost that I wish I could get to know and praise more than I did.
Like a grandfather I had, who also passed away.
I have so many fond memories, but being as young as I was I never got to tell him all the great things I knew/thought of him.
Anywho, back to the poem: I like your style. This one was also well written of course, and had a great sense of rhyming and rythm like the previous one I read. I think rhymes- oh! and let's not forget diction- are your forte[s?]. You certainly have a way with words and vocabulary.
Thanks for the great poem!
-Melanie

Wed, June 11th, 2008 12:52am

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Mellyface:

Thank you for reading, your most thoughtful comments and the glowing compliments.

You have a good sense of the emotions which surround feelings of loss. Some due to Godly blessings and others to what life subjects us. Both good and bad. Happy and unhappy. Triumphant and tragic. Natural(as in aging which leads, inevitably, to death) and untoward(loss of life/health/happiness/etc. to war, disease and/or unforseen accidents. Avoidable and not).

Marriage, when accompanied with true feelings of love, affection and commitment, will bring, to your life, many changes. To which many new and unforseen adjustments must be made. If the marriage is to "work" and succeed. Many are outward and observable. Others take place within the marriage partner and are not, always, so easily seen. By one's self or by others.

The birth of one's 1st child is far more transforming than even marriage. Of one's outer and inner life. In ways that many, who are not yet married and/or parents, cannot begin to imagine. The strength and intensity of newfound feelings and emotions of love and affection can become all consuming. It can be a harrowing experience. To put it mildly. Worth it! Though!

Thank you! Again!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, June 11th, 2008 4:09am

Mellyface

p.s.
I hope things are well with you and your son
:]

Wed, June 11th, 2008 12:53am

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Mellyface:

My son and I get along great. We share a lot in the way/s of being in agreement about many things and, while raising him, he never gave me or his mother any troubling or heart-breaking moments. His life is, now and mainly, focused on his marriage, family, career(gainful employment) and continued graduate level education. Explaining why our contact, with one another, is much less frequent. As all of these things take abundant amounts of health, strength, energy and time.

Was much the same way, myself, upon starting college. Until retiring, 38 years later. So! I understand. A little tough to take, though. It is good enough, for me, to know all of them are happy, successful and well.

Now, his main responsibility is to continue to please my daughter-in-law, the mother of my grand-children. And to raise his children, as much as possible, to be like him and their mother.

It is all part of the long and arduous progression of life. Some of the introductory discussion to my posting of "Our Grampa Ed", to some extent, deals with this idea.

Thank you! Again!

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Wed, June 11th, 2008 3:47am

PhoebeMiller

You are a treasure to your son and family.

Sat, June 14th, 2008 4:21pm

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PhoebeMiller:

Thank you for reading, commenting and the warm compliment.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sat, June 14th, 2008 8:13pm

the storyteller

Hi I am the storyteller. i am a fan of yours. Can you please check the prologue to my novel, 'diaries of an illegal immigrant. it's posted on 14/06/08 under non fiction.
cheers

Mon, June 16th, 2008 9:34am

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the storyteller:

Thank you for reading and commenting. Will read your posting.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Mon, June 16th, 2008 7:50pm

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