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What Do We Tell The Children?
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
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Hug your kids. :(

When we see pain
Reflected in endless rows of eyes
And hear it wailed in grief stricken cries,
What do we tell the children?
When we see pain
Discussed every night on the news
And reported in the papers, too,
What do we tell the children?
When we see pain
Do they witness our trembling fears
And on our faces, do they see tears?
What do we tell the children?
When we see pain
Do we lie to them or tell the truth
Hoping to keep their innocent youth?
What do we tell the children?
WHAT do we tell the children??
(C) Copy written, 4 January, 2005, by Karla Dorman.

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Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 1/5/2005
Very nice, Karla. I can't add anything to what Kate said. The childre DO know, and if we don't cry with them, we lose them. They looks to us for honesty, and to see that we share their grief. To give them any less would be cheating them.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/5/2005
My children have never been fooled, Karla: we're all in this together, and mine have always known that I am no less "a child" in such matters than they are! Much sage advice has been given; we can pretend to be nothing more than who we are and what we know - we can't pull any punches or "make things alright"; but we can share together, work things out together, pool feelings and solutions. Children often voice what many adults are too confused and scared to ask - and don't want to know about! I think that children don't so much look for answers, but to know what we are ourselves thinking... we can't "tell" them much; as Ed says, they already "know". And, like Andy says, you have so much inner beauty which you share with us and bring us together on - you are a natural "peacemaker/bringer" and children would do well to ask these questions of YOU, Karla, for you have words that are worth listening to. TY for this. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/5/2005
Sometimes I think the children know, and care, far more than we adults do. Most children always seem to have some compassion for other beings, yet it often takes a tragedy like this to bring compassion back out in adults.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/5/2005
Babe, you are such a caring beaut. I think it's in the Texan blood too.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/4/2005
Just the truth Karla nothing more!!

Or it will bounce baxk to you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 1/4/2005
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/4/2005
YOU HUG THEM & ASSURE THEM-- That They Are Safe!

Over 2000+ Little Children Disappear Each Day In This F--ked Up USA-

El Pres Bush Sends 2 Warships To THAILAND To Help?__ It's A Stones Throw To No.Korea To Start a 2nd War,i.e. War President_

If Bastard Cared He'd Help Save Over One Million Children Who Disappear In USA Each N Every Day!

Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 1/4/2005
thanks for bringing this to the forefront, Karla. I have a sixth-grader, 11, who is very attuned to world events and has such a compassionate heart. I find that truth is always best and we talk about the questions more than the answers. but far more important than any words are the hugs and moments together in silence, in prayer, in tears and in joy
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/4/2005
I have no children nor have I had any experience with them, but I think that honesty is the best way to go, especially with children...a telling poem, Karla, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/4/2005
we tell them the truth....and we love them...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/4/2005
We tell them that we love them and hold them close until they are comfortable. Just like our mothers held us when we were scared.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/4/2005
Karen is right. Excellent write Karla. Your compassion
and concern is to be lauded. They showed a teacher talking
to her class of I think sixth graders on tv yesterday.
It was good to see how well they are handling it, yet they
the have fears that need to be discussed with their parents. I hope
the parents make an extra effort to give some time to their
children in listening and offering hope.We also need to pray for
those poor children in asia that are being snatched for sex rings.
This sick goup of people who do this need to be destroyed they can't be human they have to be satans demons! To do that at such a time as
this to poor innocent children. So despicable I had to stop watching

that they are
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/4/2005
This is something we need to all think about
God Bless
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/4/2005

What do we tell the children? The truth; it wouldn't do any good to lie to them or sugarcoat words. Children are more attune to what is going on than we may think, and they need to know what is happening to our world, too. Powerful, gutwrenching poem that pulls no punches; EXCELLENT, well thought out poem! BRAVA on another winning effort!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :( >tears <
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