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by Karen C Vanderlaan

Sunday, July 22, 2007
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just some random rambling thoughts....

As children we enter this world

And attack life with great gusto and wild abandon

Climbing trees and scaling walls

Running always, no time to walk

So much to see and experience

In the magic of every day life


But this exuberance is slowly squelched

And careless injuries are hopefully avoided:

“Be careful!”  “Pay attention!”,

“Watch where you are going!”

“Slow down!”,  “You’ll get dirty!”

“You might get hurt!”


So as we come of age

Some with more grace than others

Life’s zest becomes laced with wisdom

And we finally take head of the absolute importance to:


“Be careful”, of yourself and of others too

“Pay attention”-the world is still so full of daily wonders

“Watch where you are going”, some routes are so treacherous

“Slow down”, yes-enjoy the journey, don’t miss the miracles

“You’ll get dirty”, you will, but some water and soul searching are sure to cleanse

“You might get hurt”, of course-and you might hurt others as well


So, travel on, relish the journey and heed the advice of old

Its meaning runs so very much deeper than I ever thought

As I have uttered and do, those very same phrases

To my children and grandchild as they, too, travel on


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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/22/2008
Karen, how beautiful this is...and the advice...just perfect! Words to live by-
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/26/2007
As one bloke said. "All men die, but few ever live."
Reviewed by A PAX 7/25/2007
This is good enough to be on a plaque!!!!!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/24/2007
A beautiful picture and wise words of wisdom heard and learned.............M
Reviewed by jude forese 7/23/2007
wise & cleverly penned ...
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 7/23/2007
Karen, loved the picture and the poem is so true of life! I enjoyed this a lot.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/23/2007
Love the photo with your wise message/poem
Beautifully written of how we all learn and
teach in turn what we have experienced...

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/23/2007
This reminds me of advice once given to me and passed on to my children and grandkids. Yhank you for your advice.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/23/2007
Thank you for this connection. We truly live a blessed life. We must be careful not to squash our spirits and just live life to the fullest!
Wonderful poem here.

Peace, Love, and Light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/23/2007
“You’ll get dirty”, you will, but some water and soul searching are sure to cleanse
"You might get hurt”, of course-and you might hurt others as well

All so very true, and all a part of this thing we call 'life.' And what a great photo, Karen!

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/23/2007
Ah yes, the voice of wisdom of our parents...I very well remember one incident that my mom and I both can laugh about now. I was five, we were walking up the many winding concrete steps that lead up the hill to my grandmother's house. We had just stopped in at her little country grocery store after Sunday night service for a good cold Pepsi. Well this being in the year 1968 the bottles were returnable glass bottles, not the plastic that we've become so accustomed to today. I had just reached and got my pop as the many steps were tiring. My mom had no sooner said, "be careful, don't fall with that bottle!" When guess what? My mom's voice distracted me from carrying the big twelve ounce bottle and I missed a step, down I went and away to the emergency room we went! Eighteen stitches in all. Two very sore hands, and much missed school work and never again was I allowed to carry a glass bottle while walking! It seems every time that someone told me to be careful something always happened! Just a big coincidence I suppose! Enjoyed the write and the trip down memory lane!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/22/2007
Creative and wise beyond your years. :) 'Pea' xxxxxxxooooooxxxxxX
Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels 7/22/2007
Nice work!!! It takes poets like u to help keep poetry alive!!!!!
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/22/2007
i adore this clever twist on those common childhood protections...nicely done...this is worth submitting somewhere
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 7/22/2007
Good words and great picture. Lady J
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/22/2007
Yes the advice we offer our children and then watch them offer to their own young is the wisdom of the ages and yet each parent tends to think they are the origiantors of advice. Love it and the little girl is gorgeous.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/22/2007
First, let me say that panoramic view is spectacular. Great photography.

The way you compare and contrast those particualr commands made to childrn when they are young and later must live by in adult years is extremely interesting. I was told all those things growing up. Oddly, it must had taken root, because as in your poem, I still adhere to the wisdom of "being careful", "paying attention", etc.

An excellent write.
Reviewed by D Johnson 7/22/2007
Karen, great advice and I love the expression on the little girls face as she rides her bike...well done.

Reviewed by Nicky Goodman 7/22/2007
Perfectly brilliant! Lovely read :)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/22/2007
Can totally get with this, Karen. Life's limitations become life's liberations perhaps a few years' down the line, as our attitudes and perceptions change with every season and phase of life and experience. Moment by moment, life IN ALL ITS FULNESS, GOOD AND BAD, perhaps becomes a breath to savour for all it's worth. Well, I'm starting to learn so, at least! :)) Ramble on, Rose! Love Kate xx
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 7/22/2007
Moment to moment wisdom <>Always knowing your doing the best you can-For those who seem unresolved with intentions -It's still the best they are prepared for - Without fear forward yourself to evolving into your best self-{Good work}-love <>Ted
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/22/2007
Wonderful poem on how life is seen and lived and therein it contains much sage advice. Love the pic in a glorious mountain setting.

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