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Are We Nearly There Yet


Remember when your kids were young

And you went out in the car.

They had that famous battle cry

before you’d gone too far.

“Are we nearly there yet?”

I think they had a timer

set up inside their head.

And every 15 minutes

this is what they said.

“Are we nearly there yet?”

You try to keep them all amused

by playing different games.

But after every game you play

the questions still the same.

“Are we nearly there yet?”

Those feelings of impatience

don’t stop as we grow old.

When we feel those stresses building

the same question will unfold.

“Am I nearly there yet?”

There is light at the end of the tunnel

we say to give us strength.

The only thing we don’t know

is what’s the tunnels length

“Am I nearly there yet?”

But as each journey finishes

and we say yes that’s me there.

another one is starting

with the same question for to bear.

“Am I nearly yet?”


Lorna Lamon on September 29, 2020:

That's wonderful Charlie - there is nothing like a wedding to lift the spirits. I often sneak across the border although in my mind there isn't one.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 29, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. I am hopefully making a trip to Ireland in November. My oldest son is getting married in Drogheda. I will stay in Newry and sneak across the border haha

Lorna Lamon on September 29, 2020:

We are chanting this mantra in Ireland as well Charlie with no end in sight. A brilliant poem which puts everything into perspective and made me smile. Hope you are well and enjoy your trip. It's good to see you.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 29, 2020:

thanks John.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 29, 2020:

As I had four kids I heard this battle cry many many times. What a great write Charlie, and there is always a new situation arising that makes one say, “Am I there yet?” Congrats on 50 hubs and stay safe when you cross the border to visit your son.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 29, 2020:

Brilliant! Glad you are able to travel. Enjoy!


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on September 29, 2020:

Thanks Ann. The idea came to me as I was sitting on 49 hubs and struggling to get to my nearly there yet target of 50 haha.

All good here. Travelling over the border to visit my son in Derby next weekend so fingers crossed no new restrictions before then.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 29, 2020:

Great poem, Charlie! It can be applied to so many things, too. Life, Covid, aspirations....

I enjoyed this; it made me smile then made me think more deeply by the end.

Hope you are safe and well.


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