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The Worst Thing
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Monday, April 25, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The Worst Thing
I once told a distraught young mother,
That the worst thing that could happen to her child,
Was not her involvement in drugs and illicit behavior.
I believed the worst thing was death,
But I was wrong.
I have seen death,
And, If death isn’t the worst thing,
What is?
The worst thing is to live a life without purpose,
Without grace, and dignity and gratitude.
A shallow life, bitter, without meaning,
A life which takes without giving back,
A life which throws away gifts freely given,
So regardless of how long or short,
This life we are given goes on,
Death is not the worst that can happen,
But squandering living just might be.
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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/20/2011
Good points made in this poem. One needs to try to move forward , because the past can't be changed. It is what it is.....M
Reviewed by Richard King 6/29/2011
I spent a good portion of my life looking forward, planning,,,, saving,,,, and the like. Now I'm 67 and I spend a lot of it looking back. I recently lost my youngest son (42) and now have decided that living for today.... right now even, seems to have the most merit. To some extent, I think that might be in tune with your poem.

Much enjoyed,

Thanks Dick
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/28/2011
Wise words
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 6/26/2011
I've always believed that if we avoid serious illness and accident, though our bodies may age we do not get old and until life becomes not worth living. Some people live life as if it is a chore.

So I'm with you on this one Karen
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/12/2011
How very true. To live a life like you discribed is to be a walking dead person. Enjoy life. You only come around once.
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 6/8/2011
that is so true and wise
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/5/2011
"The worst thing is to live a life without purpose," ... I couldn't agree more Karen. One of your best philosophic writes. Enjoyed. peace and continued inspiration .... richard
Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/28/2011
This is so true, Karen. This is written with such insight. Excellent.
Excellent. Excellent.
Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels 5/21/2011
Great work, and so very true! Thanx for you kind words regarding my work also....hope to hear more from ya soon! xoxoxoxo
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/7/2011
There is much wisdom in what you have shared through your verses here, Karen. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/27/2011
Your wisdom is showing, Karen! Superb poem,gives much to think about!
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 4/26/2011
Very wise write my friend. I know many who squander life just letting the days slip by. Such a waste.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 4/26/2011
Very true......... Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 4/25/2011
Quite right indeed...quite right.
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Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 4/25/2011
Karen, These words are so true!!! The worst thing is to live a life without purpose. We all have a choice in how we want to live our lives. We can give and feel the love in return, or we can be shallow and never know real joy! Take care, and god bless you always! ~Chessly
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/25/2011
I so agree with this and you expressed my own feelings on this subject better than I could is precious.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 4/25/2011 are a shining light Karen!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/25/2011
To be lost in life is such a waste...your words run deep Karen!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/25/2011
"Without grace, and dignity and gratitude.
A shallow life, bitter, without meaning,
A life which takes without giving back,
A life which throws away gifts freely given,"

It is here now, this worse than death scenario. Give Hussein another four years and it will get much worse. America used to be known as a place who could always be counted on with a helping hand, now it is a place that has more people receiving some kind of public assistance than people working and paying into the system, and still we stand in line with our hands out to be filled without doing one single things to get it except ask for it.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/25/2011
YES < YES < YES < You have hit the vein of existence. We all must live in the moment and enjoy each and every breath.

Meaningful poetry today and I wish you all the peace, love and light
in the Universe!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/25/2011
How so very sadly true, Karen.

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