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Smiles bursting, sunlit

Cheeks and chuckles

Eyes sparkling

Neurons set ablaze

Pathways to life, love

All that matters

Chatters, first words

Heard and honoured

Stretched and pondered

One on one

Placing puzzle pieces

Hearts aglow

And I know

 That this

 Is what I leave



For De’s Q44 at dVerse Poets Pub. A quadrille is a poem of 44 words including a given word and this week the word is “leave”. Coincidentally I resigned from my job this week, leaving behind many young children that I adore.

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26 responses »

  1. You describe those children with such tender voice, the end makes it so sad… and never the same again…

  2. Oh, Mish. This brings tears. Just so wonderfully written. You leave a legacy of love, indeed. ❤

  3. Knowing you have left what you loved so deeply does bring a tear with this. poignant and sad. I know these kids will miss you greatly.

  4. Oh, Mish, I can tell it was a hard decision to make, to leave those cheeks and chuckles, and you have written about it so beautifully. Good luck with whatever you plan to do in the future.

  5. So well written. You feel this deeply.

  6. What a poignant expression of the loss you are experiencing, but I hope you are comforted by the fact that you have, no doubt, touched those beautiful, impressionable young lives. And much luck in finding what is just perfect for you.

  7. You’ve captured beautifully the loss you must be feeling in leaving those kids behind. Your internal rhymes are perfect, too.

  8. It seems you leave much behind, but the memories will remain along with the puzzle pieces. For every season there is a reason. Much success to you!

  9. Beautiful! The sentiments here are so vivid and strong ❤

  10. HouseHolds
    oF Leaves..
    4 inch
    oF misSinG LoVE..:)

  11. Very beautiful – loved the details.

  12. Always so hard to leave behind loved ones…even if it’s because of a job change

  13. Oh, I’m so sorry. You can feel the love that you have for these precious children, Mish.

  14. Ah, that would be hard to leave, yes!

  15. Smiles bursting, sunlit
    Cheeks and chuckle
    Eyes sparkling

    The opening is indicative of how wonderful one wants to be remembered! This runs through the rest of the lines to give us a good feeling


  16. Your spark is among those that set their hearts aglow.
    They’ll remember. And you’ll carry them with you always.
    A powerful poem, beautiful.

  17. Young children bring such joy. And when your career is with young children, and the time comes to leave, we leave our heart with them. You made a difference in their lives I am certain. And it is certain they all, from years recent and past, made a difference in yours. Thinking of you….

  18. Josslyn Rae Turner

    Beautiful! ❤

  19. Such a legacy, Mish! You are well represented!

  20. Oh yes, the sounds and joys of children. Love this.

  21. You have made a difference in the young lives. All the best to you. 🙂

  22. Oh, poignant…but I read the word “leave” as meaning that their happiness and growth is your legacy, something to be proud of.

  23. Memorable blessings of joyful growth in the leaving…lovely thoughts, Mish.

  24. Such a bittersweet leaving… You have a beautiful way with words.


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