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  1.  The End
  2.  Life on Earth

by Barbara Hartmann King
Saturday, October 26, 2013
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This poem reflects the reality all parents face when their children are growing up.



I wish I had seen

that it can be courageous to say no,

When Johnny had  pleaded and wanted to go

With the friends we didn’t even know

To some dance or drive-in picture show –


I wish I had seen

the possibility of alcohol or drugs

Instead of the nod and a simple little shrug,

Believing that teenagers are all the same these days

They all have the same ways –


I wish I had seen

that offending Johnny’s friends was not wrong,

To stand up to a young boy’s will so strong

I thought it would pass, it was just a craze

To be like others, - a passing phase.


I wish I had seen

That is didn’t matter if I came across too hard

And I should not have bothered that it could possibly mar

What little we had in common or shared together

But I know now it would not have mattered – ever.


I wish I had seen

That to be so passive and aloof

Was certainly substantial proof

That I was not communicating with the child in my care

And now it’s all some ugly nightmare.


I wish I  had seen

That Johhny might not have died that day,

If I had been more careful about his way –

But there is an IF in everything I do,

What is right?  IF only I knew.












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Reviewed by Budd Nelson 10/28/2013
we all wish we knew, you did the best you knew
Reviewed by Shirley Long 10/26/2013
I enjoyed reading this well-written poem about A Parent's Lament".
Your poem touches the hearts of many parents today who wish the same.
The thing about it, is that sometimes we can talk and tell them what's right but they are still going to do what they want to do. But I can feel what you are saying in your poem.
Reviewed by John Domino 10/26/2013
Thank you for sharing Barbara, you have my daughters name.
I have a good friend. His son was thrown in the slammer.
He was caught dealing drugs and had a gun with him.
He was the nicest kid on the block, who knew?
As our kids grow the sphere of influence of a parent shrinks.
I can hardly believe I raised one, for she is nothing like me.
The other is the spitting image of how act, say and do things.
We can't blame ourselves for the past but we can help other kids now.
I am helping to mentor trouble teens. I get much joy from it.
For we are all God's children and we all deserve a second chance.
And a third, a forth, and a fifth, etc...until we get it right...

Peace, Love and Blessings,

John Michael Domino

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