“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”

Paul Tillich

I’d like to turn back
return to unsaid
words, a world
where we danced carelessly;
didn’t worry about
schoolfees dogfood vets.
And insurance.

I miss the girl;
the barefoot girl with
bells on her wrists, living by her wits
and daring to go to Athens by train.
Eating berries and messing
and dying the skirt
to cover the juice stains.

I’d like to feel that
takenforgranted young
body again and run my hands
over the firm and supple
planes of unchartered,

©Cindy Taylor 2008


23 Comments Add yours

  1. slpmartin says:

    Ah…something special before I head off to bed…what wonderful poem of rememberance…I shall have such sweet dreams tonight thinking of my own carefree youth. Cheers!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sleep well and dream a poem 🙂

  2. nrhatch says:

    Me too!

    I wish I could take what I know now back in time and step into my younger self’s body with all the wisdom acquired over time . . . life would have been less challenging, emotional, and tearful.

    Alternatively, I’d like to recapture my youthful exhuberance and drink it all in.


    You’ve given me something to dream about tonight. : )

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope your dreams are oil-free and peaceful Nancy.

  3. carefree youth, oh how sometimes I’d like to return for a day

    1. theonlycin says:

      For now we can only look forwards Sidey.

    2. awwww – can’t I go back for a day, just now and then, pleeze

      1. theonlycin says:

        Okey dokey, just a quick visit.

  4. Adeeyoyo says:

    Aah, nostalgia! Not all good though… Teenage tantrums…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah yes adee, there is that to consider.

  5. natasja says:

    This is so beautiful….and my o, my you have been preserved well over the years..what is the secret??

  6. Lyndatjie says:

    If I knew then what I know now my bras will be a LOT MORE INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH! 😦
    You are a stunning looking woman! Don’t you age at all woman?

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehe … I just find clever photographers Lyndatjie 🙂

  7. Kavita says:

    Oh…this was too good! Made me think of all the wonderful childhood-teen memories… aaahhh …
    A lovely poem!
    But you know what Cindy? You don’t have to go back there…you are there! You just to rediscover yourself 🙂
    Take care, and have a great and carefree July !!!

  8. grandawn says:

    Me, too! Only, I just want the body I used to have, not the stupidity of youth. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I want the energy!

  9. Tokeloshe says:

    You are so lucky to have such a beautiful portrait of yourself.


    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a gift of a photo shoot in my twenties Tok 🙂

  10. sonsothunder says:

    These beautifully placed words definitely take me back to a place in my mind. But, I will have to agree with some of the others. I would have to know what I know now, to actually have a care-free experience, should I be given the chance to be a younger me again. I also agree with the others, who recognize true beauty when they see it.Not only in your portrait, but in your heart. God Bless you

  11. theonlycin says:

    Thanks Paul, much appreciated.

  12. libras child says:

    very nice…
    i sometimes miss that girl too then i think,have i really moved htat far ahead to be able to say that!

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