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  balance is a skill learned
by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
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balance is a skill learned

like riding a bicycle
some utilize training wheels
some take the more difficult path
of try and fail

scabby knees and palms
were badges of the effort
you had taken the risk
to master, its bliss

euphoria was felt
gliding down the path
once its knowledge unlocked
like a rite of passage

and yet, even with mastery
hidden hazards of pot holes
curbs, weather, steep inclines
fast downhills, blind spots
inattention, or mechanical demise
of locked brakes, flat tires, or
slipped chain could tumble
one over the handle bars
resurfacing those scars and bruises again

so you curse the bike, and the outer world
you curse yourself for being stupid
looking around embarrassed that someone
has witnessed the ungraceful fall
glimpsing snickers of the indifferent
amused at your blood
secretly hoping some stranger
would show compassion
with assurance you’ll be fine
while in your mind fearing
the wrath that awaits down the road

the impatient cruelty
of those entrusted
to nurture your development
glaring because you’ve
ruined their day
with your childish display

wimpering alone, where
was the love, the gentle caress
the encouraging words
you so desperately needed

while their lightening flashes
and thunder roars
condemning you further
as a vent for their own pain

and yet, somewhere inside
you escape to that moment
how glorious it had felt
gliding with the breeze

and anxiously anticipated
doing it again, enduring
the scrub brush on the opened wound
and icy stare of punishment

because you know…
inside of you was
confidence and strength
balancing you on the way 

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Reviewed by Peter Paton
This is the perfect balance ....Debby

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
Wonderful poem, yes balance sometimes takes many tries and falls to achieve and the pattern repeats itself for a lifetime.
Reviewed by jude forese
now matter how balanced we are, occasionally we must take a fall ...

well penned!
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Wonderfully expressed with compassion and wisdom.
Excellent imagery!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
lots of wisdom here and well thought out and balanced! poem...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
It's More Like Balance Is Still EARNED !! Credit For Write!!

PS: I Remember My Mother Watching Me Leave-- Screaming At Me As My 1/1/2 Year Old Son Walking In Grass Fell on His Face_

I Turned Yelled Back At Her---Let Him Pick (Own Ass) Himself Up_

34 Years Later That's What Little Lieing Bastard Is Doing Exactly
Picking Himself Up Out Of His (Face)Lies,i.e. I Disowned Him_

If More Parents Took This Attitude Towards Their Own Children,We would Not Need Prisons,We Would Not Be Living Like Animales In Sin-2004 All Looking The Other Way Sayen _

Who Me,What Me, Why Me--My Children Don't (Wouldn't) Do That!!

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Loved this, very wise and excellently expressed poetry!

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