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Childhood


What is childhood?

It’s when dad still calls you ‘beta’,

And when you still ask mama for help.

And whenever you are in pain.

Your mama’s name you yelp.

Childhood is when you still like balloons

And when your heart still feels for toys.

Childhood is when you still like crackers

And you smile at their every noise.

Childhood is when you’re still confused,

With the words you misspelled earlier.

Childhood is when you say you understood,

Even when nothing is clear.

Childhood is when your mom still scolds you

For leaving the lights and fans on.

Childhood is attacking the food

When all the guests are gone.

Childhood is when you eat mango

With it all over your hand.

Childhood is when you visit the beach

And still make those structures of sand.

Childhood is when you still feel

Like swinging on the swings.

Childhood is when you sing those jingles

When your little one sings.

Childhood is when you still can’t resist

Popping the bubble wrap.

Childhood is when you still fill the balloon

with the water from the tap.

Childhood is finding shapes

In the clouds and the star.

Childhood is when you act like

Smoking your dad’s cigars.

Childhood is when you still

Want to be a child.

Childhood is when you act of being hurt

Even when the pain is mild.


Childhood is when you read this poem

And imagine what all you did.

Because no one can ever forget

Their adventures as a kid.


-Mohsina R. Khan

 

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