The Innocence of a child

The Innocence of a child

A Poem by Onlyme

I saw this happen
the other day
in a supermarket.

A sweet child
barely say
5 yrs of age,
in the store.

Shouting to her mother
she was going to get her
a carton of milk.
She needs her shopping.

Off she trots to get it.
Full of happiness and joy.
Bringing it back with
such glee and eagerness.

And saying to her mother
here is your milk?
As the mother says Thankyou.
And the little girl shouting out loud.
your very welcome mummy.

And then off,
she runs to get some
bread from a shelve
close by
shouting again.

I am away to get some bread for
your mum.
Thank you, sweetheart.
Says Mum again.

I thought may so adorably sweet
and wholesome.
So eager to please,
innocence and such
charmingly pure kindness
and helpfulness.

Then we grow up
into adults and
lose that innocence
and sweetness
of the world
in general
and that is
so sad to me.

As we should all
have that innocence
and sweetness,
about us all.

Through our life.
Soppy but true.
In my perspective of life.

As when you grow up
reality and life is far
from both sweet or

Long may it last for
children to grow up with
both Innocence and sweetness.

© 2019 Onlyme

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When I was a kid, I always felt too precocious for my age, and wanted to grow up as soon as possible. I thought Peter Pan was a stupid character, but now that I'm a grown up, I understand its appeal. Good observational skills, Dawn...made me picture the innocent child quite vividly.

Posted 4 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


Too true, sadly, but too true the innocence fades. --- This was a fun visual read, started my day with a smile.

Posted 1 Year Ago

It is refreshing to see a child so eager to help. When my nieces were little they loved to help me. I'm in a wheelchair and am dependent upon others. It's just so sweet when kids want to help.
Lovely write. I enjoyed it.

Posted 1 Year Ago

All so true. When young like that little girl, we know nothing of the world's ugliness. We are innocent and pure. I've tried to hang onto some of my inner child, but with only limited success, I'm sure.

Posted 2 Years Ago

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I love kids with spunk! Your words just made me smile, thank you.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Bryan McGill once said that "Our children can be our greatest teachers if we are humble enough to receive their lessons." You have done well in illustrating that thought.

Posted 2 Years Ago

you captured a child's discovery...efficacy found... child confident in the world and singing it out to so all could hear...
'I am Here'

Posted 2 Years Ago

(Long may it last for children to grow up with both Innocence and sweetness.) If only it were so. They have to grow up too fast in today's world. I love this write! ~Sharon

Posted 2 Years Ago

yes ... it is bittersweet to witness such innocence ... there is more to life tho isn't there?! our suffering and disappointments ... success and failures ... dreams come true, or not ... your poem points me in the direction that we need something more ... that will protect that innocence so that, held precious as a treasure it isn't on display much ... held in safe keeping it only comes out in very special trusted relationships ... ;) and i am reminded of this: Mathew 18:2-3
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven."
;) love the story telling in "The Innocence of a Child" and the title drew me in ... if you weren't a poet you probably would have taken that incident in and forgot about it before you hit the bread isle .. thanks for sharing Dawn!

Posted 3 Years Ago

I agree! However, the ones who do seem that sweet and innocent are sometimes later on recipients of the most medications!! J/k

Posted 3 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


3 Years Ago

LOL, noproblem. you made me laugh.

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Added on March 16, 2019
Last Updated on March 16, 2019
Tags: charming, sweet, cute, innocent, growing up, pure, kindness, helpful



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