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Friday, April 29, 2011
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Our friends and family members are always ready with advice. Do we always listen? SHOULD we always listen?


From the time I was small,
I’ve always heard these words,
“Don’t do this or that,
stop acting so absurd.”
Don’t cross the street
unless you look both ways.
Don’t talk to strangers.
Don’t stop too long to play.
As a teen, this continued.
“Don’t date that high school boy.
He’s sure to want only one thing
and will treat you as if you’re a toy.”
“Are you sure you want to marry?
Don’t you think you should wait?
Don’t you want to change your mind
before it becomes too late?
There never seems an escape.
Do I not have a mind of my own?
Do people always need to boss me?
I’d much rather be left alone.
Even as I got older,
the advice never stopped.
“Don’t take that new job,
be happy with what you’ve got.”
“Don’t have another baby.
The world is such a mess.”
Opinions can overwhelm,
but from some I expect no less.
As the years continued to fly,
 I heard, “Don’t retire just yet.
You should work a bit longer.
just to hedge all your bets.
I’ve not always been good
at doing as I was told.
I make my own decisions,
though some think me too bold.
Even as a senior citizen
the ‘don’ters’ continued to moan.
When I lost my husband
many said “Don’t live alone.”
“Don’t stay in the south,
there’s nothing for you there.
Move back to your children
in case you need their care.”
Again I ignored the talk
as I began to begin again.
I eventually tried dating
and found a fantastic friend.
Time continued to march on
as our affection grew.
I was told “Don’t marry,
or let him move in with you.”
As usual I did as I wished.
My life is as happy as can be.
Don’t is not always a good word
Especially if it’s happiness you seek.
The moral of these words
is to trust your own decisions.
Turn a blind eye and deaf ear
to potential criticisms.

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Reviewed by baz busbe 8/12/2011
Now there is some good advice, great poem and so so true, its hard to stand by your own desisions sometimes, thanks for inspiring me to do so. God bless. Baz
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/27/2011
The moral of these words
is to trust your own decisions.
Turn a blind eye and deaf ear
to potential criticisms.

I appreciate the philosophy and advice that you have shared through your verses, Donna. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/1/2011
The excellently said, Donna!
The contraction "Don't" broken down is "do not" which
can be considered 50/50 "do" or "not" each his own.

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/20/2011

Great advice, Donna. I struck out on my own also, but unfortunately my way was the highway and trouble loomed. Thanks for the read of my short story, "The Operation." Yes, the ending wasn't quite . . . er . . . normal.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/16/2011
Truth! I think family and friends only have our best interests in mind, but they sometimes forget we "do" have our own minds. Enjoyed this, Donna!

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 5/5/2011
A gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do regardless of what anyone says.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 5/4/2011
The moral is wise to say the least.
Reviewed by Richard King 4/30/2011
Think you probably forgot some doníts between the "...Don't sign up for internet dating..." one and the "...Don't move in with that A--hole." one, but then again, who's counting?

Enjoyed this one, Sweetie. Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/29/2011
Yes, I think life is about making decisions on our own, we can listen and hear what others think but basically we must make our own choices for better or worst. You go girl...
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 4/29/2011
You should always make your own adult decisions. If you are in GOD's grace only good will come from it. Excellent writing, Donna.
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/29/2011
Donna, two things come to mind that could be true. One, the first words children hear is "No"...I've thought what a strange concept to start a child's thinking with a negative word. Two, as we age we discover that the reason we've reached where we are in life is because we go through a constant process of starting over, making "Life" a real adventure. You have provided wise thinking in your words.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/29/2011
nice write. Morgan
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/29/2011
DITTO .... very well said sweet lady...stay safe and well..Hugsss
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