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This is a page to display the "Age Poems" series by my cousin Joan.

CHANGING SIX

With six comes change; Some is tried, Most is shied; Much still strange. Between stages caught; Clings to things known, Yearns to be grown. New wonders sought. Some stances taken In moments bold. Feelings now told With emotion shaken.

INSECURE SEVEN

Surely not heaven, An age more wary With much still scary Is childhood's seven. More’s inside than six, For seven's insecure; In school unsure, Has trouble to mix. Fear’s heavily worn; A dream-filled child Of imaginings wild; Truth's lines yet torn.

Joan Rooney Ⓒ January 1996

COURAGEOUS EIGHT

Eight's courageous- Conquering fears alive Around since five; Its joy’s contagious. Much more outgoing; Friends become many, Problems barely any, Worry not destroying. Nine's close behind- Eight's to enjoy, All wiles employ; A time to unwind.

NEGATIVE NINE

An age confusing: Innocence fades, Disillusion raids Fairyland diffusing. Friendship's harder. Hurts running deep, Are boiling steep. Stubborn ’n stronger. Parental faults now seen, From pedestals descend; No pretenses defend For ten won’t feign.

Joan Rooney Ⓒ January 1996

TEMERARIOUS TEN

Through childhood's veil, Maturity peeks, Adulthood seeks, New experience hails. Old ways displaces; Suddenly bolder, Instantly older, New friends embraces. Strange worlds beckon; New plans devises, As experience wises. Eleven 'll soon reckon.

DISGRUNTLED ELEVEN

Eleven's fast arrived; Vicariously livin’ Constantly dreamin’, Oft disconcerted. Ego easily bruised; Insults hurtin, Inside broodin’, Pessimistic. Rarely satisfied, Yearning for twelve, Its time to delve; A teen wannabe denied.

Joan Rooney Ⓒ January 1996

VENTURESOME TWELVE

O daring twelve! New ventures tried; Her wings spread wide. All joys does delve! The world’s inviting, Adventures before, And much to explore. Life’s exciting. No child ever rests, By excitement blest, And challenge obsessed, Till thirteen bests.

SELF-CONSCIOUS THIRTEEN (Twixt Child ’n Teen)

Of thirteen beware: So obnoxious, Yet self-conscious; To no age compare. Manners have flown. Where now’s my child, Once caring and mild, Now passive and alone, All parents groan. Fourteen will reprieve, Your child retrieve– He’s just been on loan.

Joan Rooney Ⓒ January 1996

BOUNDLESS FOURTEEN

With energy to burn; Excitement seeks, As courage peaks. No challenge spurns. Mother stares aghast. She’ll soon mellow, Find some fellow. For this can't last! What 'll fifteen bring? More whiter hairs? Many more cares! It’s on the wing.

LOYAL FIFTEEN

Introspective; Attention avoids; By parents annoyed. Less sure than fourteen. Secrets betrayed; Hurts inside turn, New outlets learn; Friendship’s frayed. But don’t despair Sixteen’ll give recourse To a sarcastic force, Her ego to repair.

Joan Rooney Ⓒ January 1996

SIXTEEN’S REVENGE

All thoughts revise Now sixteen wise. No liberties allow; pleadings disavow. What wondrous power! O joyous hour! No adults command, Nor favours demand. The world's its own! Yet don’t disown! with patience sigh; Seventeen's close by.

SEVENTEEN’S DISDAIN

Now seventeen’s Again insecure. The future obscure; An age in-between. Friendship diverges; chaos reigns; family disdains; Peers’ influence surges. All’s mysterious, Phone lines tingle, Rumour 'n truth mingle. Life’s precarious.

Joan McEvoy Rooney Ⓒ July 1998

EIGHTEEN’S MOTION

Eighteen’s energy perpetually burnt Some lessons learnt; Feelings rule. Freedom’s so grand; Actions endless; Sometimes aimless, Other times planned. Wonders pervade; Adulthood looms, Experience grooms; Nineteen will invade.

NINETEEN’S OUTRAGEOUS

Nineteen’s outrageous. Maturity’s beat By naive conceit. Action’s contagious. Hormones rage Adventure’s sought Old memories forgot Tranquility ages. Mistakes survived, Emotions churned, Lessons learned, Common sense revived.

Joan McEvoy Rooney Ⓒ April 1999