Back When I Was Young

Suffocating in
A tiny town is not for
Me. I want big skies,

Wide open spaces,
Room to grow, to breathe, to be;
Room to run, wild and

Free. Trapped in small-town
Hell is not where I thought I’d
Be back when I was

Young and carefree, when
I knew all there was to know,
When the world was mine…

If you liked today’s poem, there’s more where it came from! Check out Tuesday Daydreams and A Song for All Seasons for more of my poetic ramblings. Happy April!

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13 thoughts on “Back When I Was Young

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      You know, there really are! A lot of thise things are true about small-town anywhere, I imagine.

      And oddly enough, I got stuck behind a tractor just the other day…Thanks for reading! 🙂


    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Thank you! You know, normally I love small town life. But yesterday, I dunno…I just felt stifled. Everyone always knows what you’re up to; you can’t just get away from things.

      There’s a song in Footloose “Somebody’s Eyes,” and it perfectly describes life in a small town. Most of the time, it’s great. But when I was young, I couldnt wait to leave home behind. I sure didn’t make it very far, though.

      Still, there are always times when it’s not so great, and for me, yesterday was one.


    • Kay Kauffman says:

      You and me both. I ended up leaving home at 17, but I didn’t get very far. I still live within minutes of where I grew up, and I’m not at all where I thought back then that I would be by now.

      What about you? Are you where you thought you’d be?

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      • charnelehenry says:

        Not at all. I left home for school at 16 and never looked back (figuratively). I’m definitely where I thought I’d be but I’m not unhappy with where I am. Back then, I thought by now I would have been married at least. lol!

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          I thought back then that I’d be living in some major metropolis, probably New York, editing books for a living and writing them on the side. Instead, I live a few miles away from where I grew up and work as a secretary. About the only part of my teenage self’s big life plan that actually happened is the writing books on the side part.

          I’m not unhappy with where I am, but it’s not where I thought I’d be. And I have a whole lot more kid-type company on this crazy journey than I ever thought I’d have. 😀


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