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A Poem For Little Boys - Danny Boy

John is a father of four and grandfather of 13 so has many years babysitting experience.

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Children Grow Up So Fast

We need to cherish the time we get to spend with our children when they are young because before you no it that childhood is over and they grow up and move on to start their own lives.

Take my advice, don't waste a moment. You can't get those years and wonderful experiences back. Hopefully, those children will one day give you grandchildren to play with and dote on.

Danny Boy

Danny Boy, you seem

to wake up earlier each morning.

And hurry from your bed

to meet the day.


Rubbing weary eyes

that could have slept a little longer,

but you want to take your toys outside,

and play.


You climb up to the table,

and eat a little breakfast,

but the garden is so pretty

every day.


You don't like to waste a minute

because childhood is exciting,

and all the birds and insects

call your name.


I excuse you from the table,

and watch you run outside.

The smile upon your face,

it makes my day.


Because time it goes so quickly

when you're older.

And I often wish that I

was still your age.


I don't want to

miss a moment

as you learn

and grow before me.


Because I know

that little boys....,

don't stay little boys,

.....for long.

© 2014 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 09, 2016:

Thank you, Vellur. That is so true.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 09, 2016:

A beautiful poem, time flies and before we know it children grow up and have to spread their wings and fly.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 06, 2016:

Aw, thank you Chitrangada, both for reading this again, sharing, and the birthday wishes.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 05, 2016:

This poem makes me emotional and touches my heart. Came back to enjoy your wonderful poem another time and wish you a Very Happy Birthday!

Thanks again! Sharing on HH!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2015:

Thank you once again Mary, for reading another of my hubs and leaving a great comment. I don't know where the time goes. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was called up to the school because my youngest son had got himself into some sort of trouble, now he is almost 27. Crazy.

Mary Craig from New York on April 12, 2015:

John you've said it all so well. They're always in a hurry to enjoy their time, but time goes by so quickly. Before you even know what happened they're all grown up.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2015:

Thank you very much for reading this poem Lisa, and also for the generous comment.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on April 12, 2015:

A beautiful tribute to little boys who grow up. Well written

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2015:

Thank you Shyron. I appreciate you reading and leaving such a kind comment and vote up.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 12, 2015:

John, you are right when you say "little boys don't stay little boys for long" My own little boys (2) are grown and gone.

Voted-up, UABI and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 08, 2014:

Thank you for reading Thandi, I always appreciate your comments.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on August 08, 2014:

"little boys don't stay little boys for long" That's very true. The years overtake them and before long, they have grown into adults. Life as a kid was full of fun; growing up made things different. A wonderful write.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 05, 2014:

Thank you Audrey for those kind words. You have to capture the memories whatever way you can. Photos are helpful, but words are special I think.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 05, 2014:

Hi Jodah - What a nice poem for your son or a little girl. You caught all the childhood in him and his cute little personality. It is so nice to be able to capture all the feelings in a poem, as the words mean so much. I am sure he will always remember his father writing a poem for him. There is no greater gift. Sharing Blessings, Audrey

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2014:

Thanks for your kind words once again Suzette, it's a pleasure to share.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 17, 2014:

Beautiful poem and tribute to your son. It is so fun to watch them grow up and yes, we wish we were children again as we watch. I watched my sister's children grown up and what a treat that was. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful poem with us!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 27, 2014:

Thank you for reading and your kind comment ChitrangadaSharan.

I am glad it brought back pleasant memories. My three boys are also grown up with children of their own now. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 27, 2014:

Thank you for reading and your kind comment ChitrangadaSharan.

I am glad it brought back pleasant memories. My three boys are also grown up with children of their own now. Have a great day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 27, 2014:

Wonderful poem!

I have two boys, not little anymore. They are grown ups and busy in their jobs with little time for me. But your poem refreshed my sweet memories, when they were little, playing, running and keeping me busy all through the day.

Loved your last line-----Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2014:

Thank you Cam. better late than never they say. Seriously, I am glad that it brought back memories of your own son Dan's childhood and a happy time. All the best.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 25, 2014:

John, I missed this one when you first published it. I'm glad I found it today. My younger son is named Dan, and you hit his personality spot on. My sons' childhood years were the best years of my life. Thanks for this poem. I love it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2014:

Thanks Eric, those comments mean a lot.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on January 23, 2014:

Simple, honest and true.... Natural and real

EWF

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2014:

My pleasure teaches, thank you for reading.

Dianna Mendez on January 23, 2014:

I am now a grandparent and know full well how quickly a boy changes into a man. I miss the days when I could hold them in my arms, but now they are big enough to embrace me with all their love. Thank you for the memories.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2014:

Thank you for your generous comment Phyllis. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem and appreciate your taking the time to read it.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 18, 2014:

Being a child is such a beautiful and cherished part of life, for the child and the parent. I love this poem, Jodah -- so true, so touching.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2014:

@ Ryem, thank you for reading and your interesting comment about your nephew. I also appreciate the vote up and share. :)

@ Audrey, no they definitely grow up fast. Thanks for your kind comment.

@ Blossom, you are right illness and other problems seem to make time slow down and you wish they would hurry, but overall life gos so quick. Thanks for your generous comment.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 18, 2014:

Our offsprings' childhoods seem to be so long when they are ill or in trouble, but in the end they seem to flash by in the blink of an eye. A good poem and the images are great, too.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 18, 2014:

They don't stay young for long--fine capture here!

Ryem from Maryland on January 18, 2014:

I was just playing with my nephew a couple of days ago and remembered how he was once a tiny baby that I could hold in one arm. He will be 5 soon, and knowing how quickly he has grown is just the strangest thing. Your poem captures a lot of the thoughts I have while spending time with him. It's beautiful, voted up and sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2014:

Thank you Jaye for your lovely comment,and vote up. I am glad you enjoyed this poem. Yes, time is much too swift.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2014:

Thank you MsDora for reading and your kind comment. Yes we do have a special connectedness, Daniel and I.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on January 18, 2014:

This is such a beautiful poem, Jodah, with a message every parent and grandparent understands all too easily. Time is swift while we're watching little ones grow up, so we should cherish all those days that won't return.

Voted Up/Awesome/Beautiful

Jaye

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 18, 2014:

Jodah, I sense the connectedness between you and Daniel. The nurture you are providing for him is of utmost importance. Bless you as a father, and bless you together for a great life ahead!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2014:

Sorry to make you cry Flourish, but glad my words can touch people that way. I'm sure your nephew is lucky to have an aunt like you. thanks for the voting up and sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 18, 2014:

What a beautiful poem. It brought tears to my eyes and I don't even have a son. I do, however, have nephews, and there's one in particular who think I hang the moon and vice versa. He's the son I never had, and he loves the extra attention, as he is one of five kids and stuck in the middle. Voted up and more and sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2014:

Thanks Frank, much appreciated. I'll accept 'awesome' any day.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 18, 2014:

Jodah, you know poetry I loved it's simplicity, yet it has a nice poetic string voted awesome

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 17, 2014:

Let me add that she doesn't have a Facebook account, but when her mother, with whom I'd been chatting, had to go start dinner, she let her daughter use hers to chat with me! We continued because we were both enjoying it, which made it a special pleasure.

Just read your reply - so true! It helps if people are good communicators, and I saw that she is! I also spoke with her little brother. What fun!

They live in Ohio. I'm in Texas. So there is quite a distance.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thank you for stopping by to read this Nellianna. Funny isn't it, sometimes it seems that the simplest poems touch the hearts the most. I guess this is a subject all parents can relate to, and they can 'feel' the truth and love in the words. It's great that you can keep in touch with your great grandchildren. It doesn't matter how, and Facebook private message allows that.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 17, 2014:

Dear John, - your simple, beautiful appreciation for your little boy and sense of your own lingering youth brings tears to my eyes.

Life's experiences are all so precious. Each day of every time of life is special and to be treasured! But it's true that childhood seems to fly by so fast! My 'little ones' have grandchildren of their own now! In fact, I spent the afternoon chatting with one of my great-granddaughters who is nearly 11, but whom I hadn't really gotten to know before, on a Facebook private message and it was such fun for both of us!

Nell Rose from England on January 17, 2014:

Thanks Jodah, yes wouldn't it be great to go back and do it again? I would love it, and yes Daniels have the best characters! lol!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Really Nell? Daniel's are certainly characters aren't they, but we love them? Sometimes I wish we could turn back time and relive some of the fun moments, but you'll get to do it again when your daniel has his own child. Thanks for your kind comment.

Nell Rose from England on January 17, 2014:

Aw that's beautiful Jodah! and my son is named Daniel too! lol! yes they grow up so darn quickly, mine lives away with his girlfriend now, and do I miss him!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Good to see a new name reading my poetry Levertis. Yes you are so right. I can't believe how fast the time flies. One minute my children were in nappies and just learning to crawl, the next minute they were graduating from high school, and now, with children of their own. Incredible. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on January 17, 2014:

Jodah,

Just a week ago I was looking at old pictures of my boys when they were in diapers. Now, they are over 30-years old. Where have all the years gone! We certainly have our fond memories. I have enjoyed yours of your son. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

@Alicia. Thank you for always taking the time to read my hubs. I'm glad you found this poem touching and could relate to the words expressing a child's enthusiasm for life.

@ Jackie. You are never too late Jackie so no need to apologise. With all the hubs you have to try to find the time to read it is always an honor when you leave a comment on mine. Glad it brought you a smile reliving those wonderful memories. Thanks for the vote up.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 17, 2014:

Sorry to be so late reading but pleased to see you have had many by to read you! Love the poem and I know most if not all of us smiled right through, being through the very thing with young ones full of live. Beautiful. ^+

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 17, 2014:

This is a touching poem, Jodah. Children seem to grow so quickly! It's rewarding to see them mature into responsible youth and adults but sad to see them leave their childhood. Your poem depicts the enthusiasm of a young child beautifully.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Jamie, thanks for reading. It takes a parent to really connect with these things. I'm glad the poem did it for you.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on January 17, 2014:

Jodah, your poem has touched my heart! Thank you. Jamie

Ann Carr from SW England on January 17, 2014:

Yes, I'm so lucky to have mine close by. We use skype for relatives in New Zealand and Oz and it makes a huge difference; certainly beats emails!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Always a pleasure to see a comment from you Ann. Our grandkids are spread across the country so we can't always be there personally to see all their milestones, but thanks to facebook, facetime and skype we can usually still share in them. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 17, 2014:

Oh, so true, they grow up far too quickly and you don't want to miss a thing. I'm making sure I don't miss any of my grandchildren's milestones and achievements. I have as much fun with them as possible (and indeed, with my two girls when I can!). Beautiful poem full of emotion. Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thanks for those kind words Bill, glad the emotion showed through and you could feel the love.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 17, 2014:

The events that are so precious are the everyday ones we never notice. I love this poem, John. It is beautiful and anyone who has been a parent feels the emotion and elation in it....oh yes,and the love.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

@Jane. Thank you. It is from my real experiences, but I'm sure most parents can relate. I can't believe how fast they groww, and before you know it are leaving home.

@ Eric. Thanks for reading and commenting. they are always full of energy and surprises. Let me know what he gets up to.

@SkySlave. Great to see a new name reading my hubs. Thank you for your kind and insightful comment. I agree that a child's mind is more open and full of wonder than an adult's, and they learn quicker. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

Skyler DeCristoforo from Olympia, WA on January 17, 2014:

Children seem to have access to parts of the mind that we drift away from as adults. I think that in more ways than not, children are more intelligent and open minded than grown ups. Fantastic poem!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 17, 2014:

You described my youngest right now perfectly. I wonder what he will wonder at today. Thank you

Jane Arden on January 17, 2014:

This must obviously be from your own experiences with your son. It made me think of my own son and how quickly they grow up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thank you always exploring. Yes it happenes too fast, you have to make the most of it. Glad you liked the pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 17, 2014:

This is beautiful Jodah. They do grow up soo fast. The sad aspect is many young parents do not realize it until they ' fly the coop ' Love your pictures. Sharing...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thank you for reading and for your kind comments as always Faith. Children's energy is infectious and keeps you young, so enjoy.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 17, 2014:

Oh, how precious and true. A delightful read and reminded me of my son when he was small and now grown ...for sure so fast! Will have my granddaughters up this weekend and I know they will rise so early to greet the days with excitement! Up and more and sharing. Hugs, Faith Reaper

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thanks Nadine, they are...lol. This was looking back. The last pic is of my sons, the first my grandsons.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on January 17, 2014:

Nice to keep for when your sons are grown up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thanks Graham, much appreciated. Family memories are usually the closest to our hearts.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on January 17, 2014:

Hi Jodah. Fond memories of your sons here Jodah. Lovely moments that you can keep for ever. Well done.

Graham.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2014:

Thank you Harishprasad. I always enjoy your encouraging and insightful comments. You are a kind human being.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 17, 2014:

Beautiful poem about your little cute kid who is now quite young and mature. John, those moments were great and the moments we are going through are also charming and enchanting. You have beautifully treasured those moments. This is where a poet counts most as s/he enriches our lives with recalling those moments with magical words so that we can relive them time and again.

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