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Much to Ponder
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Saturday, August 01, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I love being around children,
They give fresh prospective to age-old stuff.

 Much to Ponder


Adults have long loved the romance of words,

Declaring a horse’s nose to be velvet.

But children love reality,

Not metaphors or similes to ponder.


“I love the Horses”, she declared,

Their noses feel like the skin of a peach!”

Then more wisdom, she does impart,

As I take her on her first trail ride.


The horses at home call to the ones who are leaving,

 And the neighbor’s horses along the trail,

Called back and forth as well.


“I wonder what they are saying, she said,

Probably stuff we don’t know or remember,

But they remember that they have known each other,

When they were knight’s horses,

And fought in wars and all kinds of things.”


And with that said, by this young child,

Who talked non-stop (oblivious to my surprise),

I was left with much to ponder.


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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/7/2009
Children are delightful . One never knows what they'll say!...I enjoyed this very much!.....M
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/3/2009
Ya never know, she just might be right.Patrick
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/3/2009
And you have left me with much to ponder. A fine poem and much enjoyed.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/3/2009
So beautiful, Karen - we could learn much from the younger folk, whose imaginations are not clouded by reality - well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 8/2/2009
Well done, Karen
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/2/2009
Littler versions of ourselves allow us to color our thoughts with their box of assorted crayons, these waxy sticks have bonded many a child and adult into the world of horses and knights...Much to Ponder is told with the softness of the peach crayon, should illustrate outlines for coloring books from all that your granddaughter has told you...the Show and Tell coloring book! Be well.

Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 8/2/2009
The best poems come from true experiences and this one is a true delight Karen - "Out of the mouths of babes." I love the stanza:

“I wonder what they are saying, she said,
Probably stuff we don’t know or remember,
But they remember that they have known each other,
When they were knight’s horses,
And fought in wars and all kinds of things.”
Reviewed by Richard Orey 8/2/2009
Isn't this just wonderful?
We're so stiff and cynical in our appraisal of things, usually
over-analyzing or questioning someone's motives. And then a child comes along and declares the obvious.

French novelist Marcel Prouste (1872-1922) offered this insight:
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

Oh, how I wish I could see once again what a child sees!

Thank you for sharing this great story.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 8/2/2009
Karen, so much to ponder in "Much to Ponder"! Children and animals, so connected to the Universe, it's the purity of their thoughts and purity of innocence. We certainly do learn from them!
Wonderful poem, I loved reading this to day!
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/2/2009 this Karen...children are my passion and may we all learn from them.
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 8/2/2009
Ah, it's such delight to be surprised by such young people.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/2/2009
Children have a way of bringing adults back to earth and make them see the world through their eyes. O, to be a child again...*Sighhh* Well done, Karen; love it!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

The last time I rode a horse, I hurt for THREE days, and my legs were stuck straight out sideways! (And the horse wasn't even a big one! LOLOLOLOL) That was pretty interesting, let me tell you! LOL
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/2/2009
I love being around children,
They give fresh prospective to age-old stuff. .. that is why i am happiest teaching kinder or grade 1

enjoyed the read

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/2/2009
As a child I trusted horses and they trusted me, I wonder if as adults we both will feel the same towards each other...


Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/2/2009
I so agree with this one as I watch and listen to my grandchildren and marvel as I now have the leisure to watch them grow and learn. My oldest one says the darnest things like asking if
God is in heaven why do we have to look at the floor when we pray...only children have the wisdom to question the world...

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 8/2/2009
Definitely a new perspective through a child's eyes--and imagination. Your poem also shows how they connect (and learn) through association.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/2/2009
Chrildren are our best teachers Karen. Thank you for sharinganother wonderful write.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/2/2009
I agree, Karen...there is so much to be learned from children.
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/2/2009
We all communicate in one way or another. And youth looks at life free of any preconceived notions and that is why Jesus loved children.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/1/2009
Karen ,with children,as with this poem, we learn so much! ET
Reviewed by jude forese 8/1/2009
youth always has a refreshing perspective of life ... you've captured its essence quite well ...

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