Recent Reviews for D.L. Carroll
12 Days of Acts of Kindness (Article) - 12/27/2014 10:12:37 AM|
We need to be kind and helpful year-round. Your 12 days of kindness gives us a good guide for what to do.
12 Fun Facts (Article) - 3/31/2014 6:31:10 AM
Thank you, Ron. I was able to upload a picture from my phone. The original Santa picture for the 12 days of fun facts was too big for AD to accept.
12 Fun Facts (Article) - 3/31/2014 6:15:21 AM
You can post a picture for an article. After you have posted the article, Go back to your document entries in your den. Then click on the small picture you'll see among options for your article. You will be able upload a small version of any picture you have of Sir Licksalot.
For many years now, I've had an idea for a memoir that I entitled, Snips, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tales, about the mischief my twin brother and I got into with friends and cousins. Mothers today would probably not let their children read it because those were Huckleberry Finn adventures that they wouldn't want their children to know about. ;-)
Evolving Thoughts (Article) - 5/6/2013 6:56:45 PM
Thank you for sharing. I am in the 45 to 65 age group and I can relate on some level with the 65 and up group, but I won't go there today. Smiling.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 5/20/2012 2:50:11 AM
I'd say the difference between love and in love are degrees of emotion. A bit like fancying somebody, but not loving them. If you have ever been in love you will know the difference. It's inexplicable except to say you go ga-ga over the object of your desires.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 4/26/2012 6:18:48 PM
D.L. I have used I love you, but I'm not in love w/you...for me the romantic love just quit and you still love that person, but it is not the same. I think love is complicated because there are so many
facets to it. People have their own definition anyways. Love is mysterious when you fall for someone. Perhaps we should just accept it for what it is. Loving someone for who they are.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 4/25/2012 9:29:44 PM
A wonderfully thought provoking article!
I think we all instinctively know whether or not we are "In Love" as compared to just loving someone with all the variants that love brings.
Between a Man & A Woman, it starts off with a Cupids arrow, the firelighter, and it crackles if there is that undeniable magnetism. However that is the Eros stage, and from there it must develop further, into an Agape Love! That is not to say that the Eros disappears,to the contrary, it may be a little dormant every once in a while or even for quite a while, but if Agape is present, then the spark will ignite again and again. We feel vibes from our partners, we sense their thoughts and feelings, we are bowled over by their pheromones, we are in short, turned on just by looking at them, and wish to tune in much more!! It is when a Potential cupids arrow seems to embed, but not deeply, and falls away after a time, without injecting the full measure of it's toxicity, thus Agape cannot grow from there. In other words, two ppl cannot grow, for once reason or another the mix just wasnt right, and no amount of wishing, hoping can make it. Two people either fall deeply into love or they don't. It is always wise to understand when this happens, and know to walk away, rather than try to flog a dead horse, setting oneself up for a miserable life, or time that is spent, where it could be much better spent elsewhere when we realize it just isnt happening. He's either into you, or he's not, or she's just not that much into you! Love is not complex, but peoples inability to realize what kind of love is made that way. We all need to be totally in touch with out emotions, and have a good dose of reality. Love or let go, whichever is the instinct.
Evolving Thoughts (Article) - 12/29/2010 12:40:36 AM
I read and relate to each one of those categories and they are very realistic and real. Well done and well written.
Divine Compassion (Article) - 12/13/2010 3:39:47 PM
The wonderful thing about hitting rock bottom (which I have done in my life in the past) is that you never forget and always go out of your way to do whatever you can to help those less fortunate...whether it is to give a toonie to the squeezy kids or volunteer at a local soup kitchen...it all helps.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 8/26/2009 12:29:25 AM
Well Carroll I am a man so I will try to answer your question from that point of view. What you wrote was wonderful and I pretty much agree with you about love is love, but I'm not the average man.
That said I think "men" mean, that love has gone from a romantic love to a love like a family love without the attachment.
As far as the sex goes, I don't think there are too many guys who will not find an excuss to make love to his gal. There's always that one more time.
I always thought that saying "but I'm not 'in' love with you", was just some sick excuess to get out of a relationship without giving the real reason?
Follow Your Passion & Thrive! (Article) - 7/1/2009 4:07:38 AM
You hit the nail on the head. This is exatly how I feel. Writing helps me become my true self. I am most happy when I write. I always carry paper and pen with me so I can jot down ideas for writing.
Remember Me (Article) - 7/1/2009 4:02:34 AM
I Dont Know Your Name, but I Do Care (Article) - 5/30/2009 12:01:48 PM
What a great guy your son is. Your pride is justified. This is so rare, and so wonderful.
Remember Me (Article) - 5/30/2009 6:28:47 AM
Very wise wisdom, a great read, always Valerie
I Dont Know Your Name, but I Do Care (Article) - 5/29/2009 6:24:30 PM
A great story and truly it is inspiring to know in this age when young folks seem to take so much heat that there are the bright spots...you have a right to be very proud Mom.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 5/3/2009 6:04:31 PM
I am no expert on this subject but I think that some people get confused as to what love really is. It isn't something that is rushed
and the only way to tell the difference between love and infatuation is
time. Infatuation is a strong attraction to someone that we feel like the world begins and ends with that person. After a while reality sets in and, of course, no one person can complete you. That is a tall order. Happiness is an inside job. You must love yourself
before anyone can truly love you. Love is a gift you give of yourself
to another. That is why when you are a whole person inside, you
give love unconditionally.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 4/26/2009 10:31:04 AM
Perhaps you said it best when you contrasted a romantic love for someone with a platonic love. "In love" is (in my mind at least) a mutually exclusive relationship. My husband (of twenty-three years) ad I are "in love." Have been in love almost from first sight. People kept saying, "Oh, you're just infatuated. It'll wear off." Twenty-three years later the mutual exculsivity of the condition we call "being in love," is as srong as ever. I don't just love Michael, I am deeply in love with him--a love that is shared by no other. This could not be said of a platonic relationsip. You have asked a good question, D.L. I hope you find the answer you are looking for. :-)
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 4/26/2009 8:31:22 AM
I'm no expert but I think if you are in love you literally "adore" the beloved. You want to be with them, near them. Lust is a part of it, you want to touch them, make love with them but the lust stems from the admiration you feel for them and the spiritual and emotional bond you share. I believe that you can actually "Love" someone. Care about them, have their best interest at heart but not feel those same admiration, companionship and need to touch that you do with someone you are "In love with". There are many reasons why you can love someone but not be in love with them. A past history, a commonality of a shared life, a family you share, a desire to not bring pain to them even if you are on completely different emotional plains. Many other reasons I'm sure but these are some of my thoughts on the subject.
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 4/17/2009 2:30:41 PM
LOVE IS A MYTH...
Like My Momma Said Then: High School Girl Friend (Her Momma) Broke Us Up,i.e. It's Only puppy Love...
True Live Is..............Compassion...
I Love You, But I Am Not In Love With You... (Article) - 4/17/2009 11:54:31 AM
I think this terminology refers to as you suggested infatuation...often years do deaden the desire of one person or the other in a relationship and it goes from not being able to stand being away from someone to knowing they are part of your life but not constantly on your mind. Is it lust only perhaps but often it is just the butterflies in the tummy so to speak that makes us "in love".
Remember Me (Article) - 1/22/2009 5:45:34 AM
This is so wise and so true...I often wonder if I will be remembered or after a few weeks just drift into the memories of time.
Hey Tweens! Could you make it going to school in the 1980’s? (Article) - 11/26/2008 12:45:10 AM
It is amazing to look back at the changes both technological and in other ways that occur from generation to generation. As you say I find it hard to believe that somehow overnight I became a grandfather and my little ones are now living lifes and using electronics that I barely understand.
Hey Tweens! Could you make it going to school in the 1980’s? (Article) - 11/25/2008 8:22:56 PM
DL - Loved it. Thinking back it was indeed a simpler time.
Follow Your Passion & Thrive! (Article) - 10/13/2008 1:16:27 AM
Invincible (Article) - 7/6/2008 10:35:11 AM
You are so right.
Blessings (Poetry) - 3/28/2015 1:44:48 PM
Wise advice is dispensed via your verses; thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,
Blessings (Poetry) - 3/15/2015 2:12:48 PM
Light-hearted, but so wise and admirable!
Blessings (Poetry) - 3/15/2015 7:22:46 AM
Life has high,
And life has lows.
That's just life,
And that's how it goes.
Blessings (Poetry) - 3/15/2015 6:18:58 AM
We only have so many days and we should look forward to every day with all we can give. If only everyone felt what's your poem expresses.
Blessings (Poetry) - 3/15/2015 3:38:27 AM
You are so right, D.L., but life sometimes gets in the way of reason.
Energy (Poetry) - 2/23/2015 4:51:35 PM
definitely a pulse of creativity
Energy (Poetry) - 2/23/2015 7:54:22 AM
Creative and innovative. We can make silicon from sand and electrical energy from silicon.
I think that true entrepreneurs, those that create advancements in knowledge and uplift humanity are rare. I've been watching Shark Tank and find that a majority of entrepreneurs are imitating other entrepreneurs in the realm of conspicuous consumption that is the source of many of our problems, creating jobs of low value and equally low, pay.
What the future needs are those that will risk everything to create a better world and not waste time and energy on frivolous throw away gimmicks that may bring riches to the owner but do little for our economy or the well-being of everyone.
Spending my life as an energy conservation professional, what we need is many who are willing to come up with innovative ways of producing electricity without destroying the environment further. That goal is in our reach, but we must not focus on just jobs or wealth building in order to reach it.
Energy (Poetry) - 2/22/2015 7:32:34 PM
...with energy...life speeds up...with every line of your poem...the sense
of adventure intensifies...a feeling of real power excites...truly a dreamer....
Energy (Poetry) - 2/22/2015 4:20:09 PM
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/12/2015 5:56:36 AM
This is true. I was a dog in a past life; and it was GREAT! ;-)
Advice (Poetry) - 2/12/2015 5:52:08 AM
Wisdom is, indeed, the best gift, next to pure, unconditional love. Wonderful ponderings. -- Jeff Mason
Pause (Poetry) - 2/12/2015 5:40:46 AM
Stop, think... 'feel,' and determine your direction. Most assuredly so! It's never to late to right a wrong direction. -- Jeff Mason
Innocent Friendship (Poetry) - 2/12/2015 5:39:05 AM
So true, indeed. Crossing Lines - maybe that will be my next poem. It changes everything. Three cheers for the "innocence" factor! -- Jeff Mason
Pause (Poetry) - 1/3/2015 2:10:47 PM
Wisdom well-expressed through your verses. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes to you,
Pause (Poetry) - 11/17/2014 4:45:30 AM
very well done
Pause (Poetry) - 11/16/2014 10:12:51 AM
Pause (Poetry) - 11/15/2014 10:51:14 AM
A poem calling for reflection. Something that gets harder and harder to find in our busy, busy world heading nowhere fast.
Pause (Poetry) - 11/15/2014 8:58:54 AM
How right you are
Pause (Poetry) - 11/15/2014 8:53:38 AM
Great advice. We all need to check and recheck our compass.
Advice (Poetry) - 7/24/2014 11:58:10 PM
Advice (Poetry) - 7/21/2014 4:20:02 AM
Advice (Poetry) - 7/20/2014 7:42:08 AM
Wonderful thoughts and advice for your son.
Advice (Poetry) - 7/19/2014 6:17:43 PM
Great advice from a good mother!
Advice (Poetry) - 7/19/2014 1:53:09 PM
Well written .
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 4/9/2014 2:53:57 PM
I have written many prose and poems on this matter...I firmly believe that the key to happiness all begins with ourselves...
Love and Dreams, Karen
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/28/2014 3:02:00 PM
my wife says i'm a real dog ... she has no problem with my piddling as long as i put the seat down ...
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/24/2014 3:51:03 PM
Sounds just like my best friend, sometimes my only bud...
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/24/2014 8:40:38 AM
man's best friend. well said.
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/24/2014 6:44:39 AM
I must be a dog, because I always like to greet people happily. But if I lick their faces, I don't think that they'd want to see me again. ;-)
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/24/2014 3:49:59 AM
Could never be without one.
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/23/2014 8:12:39 PM
Yes, they are our best friends, and are loyal to us.
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/23/2014 2:18:33 PM
This could hold true for children too!!!
Disposition (Poetry) - 2/23/2014 2:04:10 PM
They are our most faithful of friends and family
Peace of Mind (Poetry) - 1/25/2014 2:54:20 AM
Beautiful poem well written. From reading many AD authors I find Ronald's comments everywhere. They seem to always be critical and negative.
I enjoyed your poem!
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 1/23/2014 7:51:22 AM
Love it. A message many of us need, written so well.
Rear-View Mirror (Poetry) - 1/11/2014 9:52:41 AM
Yes, absolutely....as I keep saying this year...'onwards and upwards'....
Rear-View Mirror (Poetry) - 1/7/2014 4:50:55 PM
Even if I do suffer pain and rejection this coming year , it only means that I'm growing... forging on... niece poem, Bob-
Rear-View Mirror (Poetry) - 1/7/2014 12:11:34 PM
You're so right. We should focus on the future and not the past. But we should remember enough through that "rearview mirror" not to make the same mistakes again.
Rear-View Mirror (Poetry) - 1/7/2014 3:27:04 AM
Happy New Year to you as well
Rear-View Mirror (Poetry) - 1/6/2014 3:29:25 PM
Happy New Year!
Vision (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 2:56:52 AM
Don't put yourself down but rise and steer a straight course. You are the captain and the boss.
Criticism (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 2:53:46 AM
Your wisdom shines in each of your poems.
Alternative (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 2:51:12 AM
So true and full of wisdom.
Observation (Poetry) - 9/21/2013 5:10:22 AM
Great poem to grab your thoughts around. We are told it's global warming but history can tell you a different story. Nicely done.
Peace of Mind (Poetry) - 8/18/2013 6:59:00 AM
What do designer jeans and diamond rings have to do with happiness? I wonder if we have misplaced values of those things as somehow making us happy. Happiness is a process, not a thing we can hold in our hand in our hand and admire.
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 6/18/2013 7:48:27 PM
I loved reading this wonderful poem and the way in which each verse
represents such a great truth in accepting one's self. This is a
Well written poem and tells it like it is. Just be you and love who
God made you to be. Don't want to be anyone else, just love you for
who God made you to be. I loves the verses "You no longer look near
or far, you rid yourself of repentance".
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 6/17/2013 4:38:26 PM
I agree--far better to love yourself tho there will always be those who will want you to reveal everything--quite hard for us Dark Knight tho
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 6/4/2013 3:21:26 AM
Repentance in the concept of sin, is always necessary if you want to be whole with God.
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 6/3/2013 6:00:31 AM
Loving oneself the way we are is the first step to being happy and healthy. On the other hand, if we recognize that we are too fat, or our eating habits make us anorexic, then we should be conscious enough of ourselves to self correct.
So many make excuses for their troubles when they cause them by personal abuse like taking drugs, eating too much or other unhealthy practices trying to mask real feelings with symptom relievers.
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 6/3/2013 2:06:52 AM
loving and acepting who you are is necessary before you can love someone else
Accepting Yourself (Poetry) - 6/2/2013 7:49:42 PM
Wise counsel and well written.
Criticism (Poetry) - 5/25/2013 6:44:12 PM
Criticism if it is helpful I will listen to it but Destructive criticism I have no use for--sadly even here at the Den there are a couple of individuals who I would consider to be idiots but why argue with them as the old saying goes
" if you argue with an idiot it only proves there are 2"
Criticism (Poetry) - 5/7/2013 8:48:03 AM
An intelligent statement that all readers should take to heart.
Too often readers believe the quality of another's thoughts is dependent on whether they reflect their own narrow point of view.
Your integrity is intact, DL Carroll, and so is your writing.
Criticism (Poetry) - 5/7/2013 3:32:21 AM
Trust your own "inner system" detecting
the..."non constructive critiques..."
and protect yourself from...those who neither
say what they mean, nor mean what they say....
Thank you for sharing your double thumb up poem, D.L.
Criticism (Poetry) - 5/6/2013 2:24:59 PM
Indeed, no ego, no pain. Just appreciation.
However on AD I think you'll agree that it is an edifying site. Where the best is looked for, yet there are those that can help one improve. xx
Criticism (Poetry) - 5/6/2013 4:43:43 AM
Without integrity, a person has nothing. And you've got plenty of integrity to go around.
Criticism (Poetry) - 5/6/2013 3:13:27 AM
yes keep the you that is regardless
Vision (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 11:28:40 AM
Vision (Poetry) - 2/11/2013 11:46:15 AM
A poem filled with positive advice. Just the kind I like.
Vision (Poetry) - 2/11/2013 9:27:49 AM
anything truly worthwhile has a cost in our endeavors
Bucket List (Poetry) - 1/3/2013 2:22:06 PM
Very profound and to the point/like it very much!
Bucket List (Poetry) - 12/28/2012 5:29:33 PM
I loved the word-play, The rhyme and rhythm was magical, Enjoyed reading this very much. Thanks for sharing your talent.
Bucket List (Poetry) - 12/10/2012 7:20:11 AM
Unpardon me but I relent it boldly;
For it is far ahead, if I can be sure of it,
And far it is, that my hallucination be valid,
And hallucination it is, as it should be,
And however, unlike itself, mysterious, unknown, and untested,
So it be foreseen in my tireless search.
Bucket List (Poetry) - 11/25/2012 11:30:09 AM
I was about to say, “Why don't you just get out and do it…” When I read the last line and you beat me to it!
Bucket List (Poetry) - 11/25/2012 7:04:53 AM
ah yes good words live as every day may be your last, it may well be
Dreams (Poetry) - 6/12/2012 10:16:31 AM
The source of much of my inspiration. However, the circular ones drive me to distraction.
Dreams (Poetry) - 6/11/2012 6:18:40 AM
an awake dream is the catalyst of our possible realities ...
absorbing and well written ...
Dreams (Poetry) - 6/11/2012 2:06:58 AM
penned quite well, dreams are an essential part of our being.
Dreams (Poetry) - 6/11/2012 12:44:26 AM
As people we need our dreams and hopes in equal doses with our facts and realities. Often it is a delicate balancing act depending on the dreamer. Writers and poets (other artists as well) seem to need their dreams more so as they often act as go betweens from muse to mind. Well done DL>
Why Wait? (Poetry) - 1/30/2012 11:18:12 PM
I AGREE WITH THIS WORK, WHOLEHEARTEDLY. THE WORD SAYS WE SHOULD LIVE EVERY DAY AS IF IT WAS OUR LAST. THIS IS A STRONG AND TIMELY 'HERALDING'. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Why Wait? (Poetry) - 1/30/2012 10:08:12 AM
Sound words. It is never too late for a new beginning.
Exposed (Poetry) - 11/1/2011 8:24:24 AM
God made us all our own special person
Exposed (Poetry) - 8/13/2011 8:49:15 PM
I can't agree with you more, there's nothing more irritating than fake people, though,at some point, we all wear a mask.
Exposed (Poetry) - 8/8/2011 5:24:47 AM
Long live that "hosed" image standard!
Well said, DL.
Exposed (Poetry) - 8/7/2011 2:15:11 PM
Yes sometimes the hardest person to portray is ourselves....
Enough (Poetry) - 3/26/2011 4:06:05 PM
A very thoughtful poem with wisdom beyond your years. You confirm an old saying "A rich person is not one who has the most, but one who needs the least. Well done, D.L. Carroll
Greed (Poetry) - 3/26/2011 1:10:08 PM
Good! This is a very good poem, D.L. Carroll. Much of the world's problem is GREED.
The 4 C's (Poetry) - 12/22/2010 9:00:03 PM
The 4 C's (Poetry) - 12/4/2010 12:12:40 PM
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 11/13/2010 12:38:12 PM
I live in the desert, but I get the imagery. Leave the past and look to the future: so important.
Blinded by Materialism (Poetry) - 11/13/2010 12:29:46 PM
Too often gifts are given as substitutes for love instead of tokens of our love.
The 4 C's (Poetry) - 11/13/2010 12:24:01 PM
Commitment is the key that locks in the deal. So often it is missing.
The 4 C's (Poetry) - 11/12/2010 1:02:14 PM
Sweet write that sums up love...well done.
Rejuvenate (Poetry) - 10/11/2010 11:39:58 AM
Thank you for the poem. It is absolutely true, we must "take a break and recharge for heavens sake". The proof is in the doing of it.
Emotions (Poetry) - 9/6/2010 6:54:44 AM
How sweet! This is a thought provoking piece D,L.
I believe the acceptance to life's changing contrasts will guide us
along the path, as denial often sends us cascading down its slippery slopes.
Thank you for this wonderful write.:)
Innocent Friendship (Poetry) - 8/28/2010 2:10:16 PM
Regrets. . .something I'm familiar with.
Determination (Poetry) - 7/25/2010 9:26:08 AM
short and sweet! strait to the point and very uplifting
Rejuvenate (Poetry) - 6/20/2010 8:07:16 PM
These are good words! Our American culture has elevated busyness to god stature. It's time we ALL slow way down and enjoy life.
Rejuvenate (Poetry) - 6/20/2010 1:48:19 PM
Excellent advice. I don't know why I seem to always be in a hurry. I'M RETIRED! I don't have to be anywhere and any particular time any more. We ALL need to take time to 'smell the roses'.
Rejuvenate (Poetry) - 6/20/2010 12:51:28 PM
You are so right with this one, all too often we get caught up in the speeding train of life and forget where our stop is to get off.
Alternative (Poetry) - 5/2/2010 8:05:55 AM
I enjoyed your lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.
Alternative (Poetry) - 4/4/2010 9:29:49 PM
This is very true; a life lesson. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,
Alternative (Poetry) - 4/4/2010 2:51:18 PM
So real, this one made me truly think about life and my part in it, and yes I may not have made the final decision but at least I am looking at the question.
Enough (Poetry) - 4/4/2010 1:50:58 PM
Always feel blessed with what you have and want not for anything more.
Alternative (Poetry) - 4/4/2010 1:47:38 PM
Changes are difficult...when you have a choice and when you don't they are just plain frightening. Great write, something to think about.
Warmth and Love to you, Carin' Spirit
Alternative (Poetry) - 4/4/2010 1:36:46 PM
Very clever write. Peeps are scared to be human.
Yet we learn heaps more from failure than quick success.
Love of a Special Friend (Poetry) - 2/16/2010 9:01:51 PM
To Love is to see the importance of every human being and living thing
A recipe for love and peace on this planet, in this dimension, at this time; thank you. True friendship is a rare treasure. Love and best wishes,
Enough (Poetry) - 1/10/2010 9:11:58 PM
Excellent!! SO true!!
Enough (Poetry) - 1/9/2010 3:45:06 AM
so few are so blessed
Thanks for sharing
Peace & love Be with you
Enough (Poetry) - 1/9/2010 2:57:43 AM
Great poem DL.I enjoy reading it.
Enough (Poetry) - 1/9/2010 2:56:20 AM
Well done as you look at the balance of life and realize that all is well...
Blinded by Materialism (Poetry) - 12/26/2009 8:40:29 AM
i like it... wouldn't it be nice to actually hear "Picard" telling...
"We don't use money any more..."
Courage (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 5:55:18 PM
Im impressed by your overcoming spirit that's within you.Les
Blinded by Materialism (Poetry) - 12/13/2009 11:37:52 AM
You are so right!! Most seem blind to what really matters in life, love and compassion being the most important. I loved this write!! This poem reminds me of one I wrote a few years ago. It was written for a friend. She told me of her Christmas Miracle" and I had to write about it. I will share it with you below;
I look at her in gentle sleep
Again the tears begin to seep
Why has life become so cruel
To hurt such a special jewel
Christmas is a time of joy
Not for me without employ
A simple gift I could not buy
For money is in short supply
Holding back my sobs of pain
Wiping tears I've shed in vain
I move towards her sleeping form
Flooded with a love so warm
I lay beside her, hugging tight
In tearful sleep into the night
Dreading of the coming morn
How her tender heart will mourn
I wake to soft kiss on my cheek
As tears again my visage streak
A look of question paints her face
Holding me in tight embrace
“Don’t be sad, it’s Christmas Day!!”
“I have your gift just by the way”
To her dresser she makes her way
I watch and know not what to say
She brings an envelope beautifully tied
With ribbon bright and a bow so wide
With smiling face she places it near
Then wipes my cheek of one last tear
With shaking hands I pull the bow
Her smile so radiant begins to glow
A card is pulled from binding sheath
With Christmas tree and holly wreath
Hand painted pictures of her design
Adorned with two hearts intertwined
“This is you and that one is me”
It’s getting harder for me to see
With blurred vision it’s opened wide
She takes my hand and sits beside
“I’ll read it for you if that’s OK”
Yes I nod, words held at bay
“To my mom, my best friend”
“Christmas hugs to you I send”
“You are my star upon the tree”
“You fill every day with glee”
“Love you give me keeps me warm”
“Your arms enfold me, safe from harm”
“I thank God each and every day”
“That He sent you to guide my way”
So please let me calm your fear”
“I say this from a heart sincere”
“There is no need for moneys spent”
“You are by far my greatest present!!”
I hug her tight as tears flow free
A Christmas miracle just for me
And vow to treat her in every way
As special as her gift this day
Emotions (Poetry) - 12/6/2009 8:55:09 AM
I know this hair-trigger temperament very well. Good description of the tight-rope walk.
Blinded by Materialism (Poetry) - 12/6/2009 8:54:16 AM
The beautiful truth of some of our more ridiculous tendencies during a season of love and peace.
Blinded by Materialism (Poetry) - 12/6/2009 3:17:14 AM
So very true and it is a wise person who knows and understands this. I too am up against it this year but feel blessed in having so much love and the ability to share it with others.
Blinded by Materialism (Poetry) - 12/5/2009 8:34:46 PM
The true gifts are those that we give all throughout the year…compassion, understanding, friendship, forgiveness and love.
I respect and admire your "take" on the way thing are. Thank you for sharing. Love and blessings,
Determination (Poetry) - 11/21/2009 2:33:40 PM
Quite nice...thank you
Moments Stolen (Poetry) - 9/24/2009 12:03:57 PM
Wow! I liked that. The unresolved end could have gone either way, though I imagine it went to reinforce the relationship and not into a dissolution.
Resilience (Poetry) - 8/4/2009 2:50:15 AM
I love reading this poem and I also love the message you gave.I enjoy reading it,take care
Resilience (Poetry) - 8/3/2009 7:45:56 PM
Good points here, and i liked the rhyming, it fits the subject matter perfectly.
Resilience (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 12:32:01 PM
I already know who I am going to pass this along to. Thanks!
Resilience (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 4:22:11 AM
A strong but excellant advice giving poem that tells it like it is.
Symbolic Rose (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:42:36 AM
Wonderful poem! Great parallel! Nicely done indeed.
Greed (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:41:09 AM
Very well penned. I enjoyed this poem very much.
Trust (Poetry) - 6/20/2009 8:30:06 AM
Good job. For me, trust must be earned, and it takes a while for someone to earn it. I trusted blindly in my marriage of 16 years, and he forced me to take a look at how naive I was.
Timing (Poetry) - 6/20/2009 8:27:30 AM
Great lyrical flow, good life message - all wrapped up in a lovely rhyming poem. Good job.
Courage (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 7:43:09 AM
Another one for my daughter to read. Move forward with a positive attitude...amen! Great job.
To Understand (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 7:41:39 AM
You said it girl! Very well stated.
Nature (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 7:40:41 AM
Truth every word of this poem! My Dad taught me to have great respect and love for nature. Great job.
Emotions (Poetry) - 6/9/2009 7:38:59 AM
Very well done. I will have to get my daughter to read this one. You have eloquently stated what I've been trying to tell her for years. Leave the past where it belongs, and move on. Really enjoyed your poem.
Moments Stolen (Poetry) - 5/16/2009 5:34:44 PM
I never experienced the kind of stolen moments you write of here--having married my first love 23 years ago. I can only imagine the hurt of betrayal and disappointment that you write of here but I can sense the heartbreak.
Moments Stolen (Poetry) - 5/15/2009 2:20:58 PM
Definately strong song lyrics, painful and hurting but also not forgetting that not all the stolen moments were good nor bad which is the way of love...
Moments Stolen (Poetry) - 5/15/2009 8:29:06 AM
A wonderful write about a developing friendship seemingly disguising a love affair. Great style.
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/10/2009 10:36:16 AM
You've described emotions well. They can change in a split second, but you give wise advice; "It’s up to you to get your emotions in check"
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/6/2009 4:58:46 AM
Well penned. Wonderful job. :)
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/4/2009 3:09:20 AM
We never lose our emotions, just our control of them. Well penned.
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/3/2009 1:49:53 PM
Your words help those....who need to move on
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/3/2009 12:55:08 PM
"See the divine stepping stone laid out before you, and move on."
What a great phrase to close the poem, excellent!
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/3/2009 9:20:16 AM
Life can be a roller coaster of ups and downs that take all of our strength, faith and hope to deal with it. You captured that essence very well in this write.
Emotions (Poetry) - 4/3/2009 7:39:34 AM
Great poem about "moving on".
Belief (Poetry) - 3/20/2009 1:27:16 PM
We are his children...his image...his love!
He has many names...but he is the one and only!!!
God Bless us all!!
Greed (Poetry) - 2/10/2009 2:32:31 AM
A well written poem.take care
Greed (Poetry) - 2/7/2009 10:40:46 PM
GREED $$$ INDEED SELF DESTRUCTION Of All HUMANITY...
History Proves Humanity Is Its Own Worst Enemy...
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 11/21/2008 12:13:29 PM
Autumn is one of my favorite topics and it never ceases to amaze me how we all seem to have the same concepts of its symbolism, bravo! You obviously have the potential to write very simply without losing the interest of the audience...
Timing (Poetry) - 11/21/2008 12:12:33 PM
I respect that you took on 'time' here as a topic, although I found teh rhyming took a tad away from the potential depth of this piece, I liked how you made it contemporary.
Introspection (Poetry) - 10/27/2008 8:58:28 PM
And a "postive and loving journey" is what we all desire. The answers to our questions usually are found within, nicely stated...
Be always safe,
Introspection (Poetry) - 10/27/2008 4:06:57 AM
So right you are, sadly most of us do not learn this valuable lesson without going through a lot of heartache and sorrow first.
Introspection (Poetry) - 10/27/2008 1:46:12 AM
Introspection (Poetry) - 10/26/2008 11:54:08 PM
I love reading this poem,very beautiful and insightful.Just look deep within yourself and the answers will come.You will grow more as a person.Life is like a classroom,every single day we learn things about ourselves and continue to evolve as we get older.take care
Introspection (Poetry) - 10/26/2008 9:06:56 PM
SOme good points here, and it is true, introspection is extremely important.
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 5:46:45 PM
i love how you look at fall, i feel the same way :)
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 9/29/2008 3:56:14 PM
One of my favorite times of the year next to Christmas is the days when the leaves turn to rainbows. This is indeed a lovely autumn poem dear friend.
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 9/29/2008 6:19:18 AM
sweet little gem of Autumn!
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 9/29/2008 5:40:19 AM
Great writing sweet lady...enjoyed....Have a wonderful and safe day...Hugssss
Timing (Poetry) - 9/29/2008 12:54:40 AM
A good poem,I especially like the ending of it,take care and keep up the good work
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/29/2008 12:53:14 AM
The power of understanding is such a vital part of our livelihoods.I know a lot of people who are very closed minded and refuse to be open-minded about anything.Understanding a person can make him or her feel like there is a listening ear and heart out there in this world.I enjoy reading this poem,take care
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 9/29/2008 12:48:48 AM
Hi DL,I love reading this poem.I am glad fall is here and the best part that you describe are the colors of the rainbow leaves.They look sensational.Also when I walk on the leaves,it sounds like music to my ears.A good poem.Your name DL stands for Downright Lovely which descrives this poem.take care :-)
Autumn Clarity (Poetry) - 9/28/2008 10:21:22 PM
Well said and with such delicate balance...
Be always safe,
Timing (Poetry) - 9/22/2008 5:38:11 PM
Yes. I do believe that you make a lot of sense in this write. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/22/2008 5:37:03 PM
Accepting another’s perspective
Will be more receptive
And even if unsolicited
Understanding is always appreciated
These are wise thoughts. Thank you for sharing them. Love and best wishes,
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/20/2008 10:53:47 AM
In so many words to understanding... like the aabb ormat to this work, also...
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/19/2008 2:17:57 PM
You said a mouth full -- and said it very, very well. LOL!
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/17/2008 12:49:30 PM
Respect and understanding is at the top of the list and yes, some people would rather not face the inevitale until they are forced. Interesting piece to ponder...
Be always safe,
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/17/2008 5:02:53 AM
It is complex for sure and the beauty of this world is in it's peoples...not two are the same intelligence, temperment, or likes and dislikes. I guess it is also what keeps life and people from being boring. If all were perfect than who could we aim to follow for examples.
To Understand (Poetry) - 9/16/2008 2:57:56 PM
You've made a good point here !! Take care Valerie
Timing (Poetry) - 9/8/2008 8:21:35 PM
AMEN!!!! It takes not having to know the difference between want and need, love this.
Timing (Poetry) - 9/4/2008 7:21:12 PM
You know, I am a firm believer that if something is meant to be then it will, if not then it wasn't meant to be. Like your thinking...
Be always safe,
Timing (Poetry) - 9/4/2008 2:21:18 AM
Silence (Poetry) - 8/17/2008 8:29:35 PM
Often the silence is worst than a lie for even lying in it's way is communication and a type of admittence of caring.
Silence (Poetry) - 8/17/2008 8:08:45 PM
Silence Is Golden,i.e. Sum People Just Don't Know How Well They Are Off
In Breaking Up--Future Always Allows You Us To Look Back-You'd Be Surprised...
Credit Illuminating Write...
Courage (Poetry) - 8/9/2008 9:09:04 PM
This is easier said than done, but worth every bit of effort. Thank you for sharing this one! I needed to hear it. Awesome! Warmth and Love to you.
Nature (Poetry) - 8/9/2008 9:05:32 PM
Simply Beautiful and I agree. Warmth, Carin'
Courage (Poetry) - 8/7/2008 5:20:42 PM
Oh yes and all the courage one can muster is sometimes what is needed, wisely told...
Be always safe,
Courage (Poetry) - 8/7/2008 5:04:47 AM
Agree with Mary, you have a lot of wisdom and truth wrapped up in this short but perfect write. Well done.
Courage (Poetry) - 8/6/2008 6:45:44 PM
Very wise words that need to be heeded. Excellent poem
Nature (Poetry) - 8/5/2008 11:32:34 PM
I love this! And I share your sentiment!
Nature (Poetry) - 8/5/2008 10:52:42 PM
How very true and the beauty that is experienced is astonding as are your prophetic words....
Be always safe,
Nature (Poetry) - 8/5/2008 4:10:31 PM
Love to travel but do not have the funds very much now to do so
Nature (Poetry) - 8/5/2008 3:58:05 PM
Freedom is indeed a fresh commodity we often take for granted. Beautiful poem.
Trust (Poetry) - 7/18/2008 5:36:34 PM
Hello D.L. Carroll,
Ouch! That hurt! I'm so blessed with this lovely poem and realize
I've been giving my fiance a hard time, but after reading this, I see how much he deserves my 100% trust. Thanks for waking me up!
Trust (Poetry) - 7/18/2008 3:30:18 PM
Trust in a relationship is a trait we should look for in the person we may want to marry. If someone has slept around before marriage it may be a habit he finds hard to stop leading to the divorce court eventually.
Trust (Poetry) - 7/18/2008 3:01:05 PM
You are so right with this one, all too often human interaction is determined by our past experiences and that includes trust. If we have a bad experience in trust than we tend to be doubtful for a long time to come or even have to let our lovers prove themselves before we will trust again.
Trust (Poetry) - 7/18/2008 12:59:12 PM
Trust, is what I need to see in people. Once hurt, always hurt.
Symbolic Rose (Poetry) - 7/1/2008 7:48:44 PM
Like the parallel and the concept of your writing, nice scenario....
Be always safe,
Symbolic Rose (Poetry) - 7/1/2008 3:25:44 PM
So very true, I cut all my rose bushes down last year figuring on geting rid of them but this year they came back strong and healthy so guess I am stuck with them. lol
Pain or Gain (Poetry) - 6/13/2008 12:14:36 PM
Love is a gamble no matter how we look at it but then again so is getting up each morning and facing the world. We could stay in bed but eventually our minds and bodies would stagnate and starve. So when love comes along feast...worry about the indigestion later.
Pain or Gain (Poetry) - 6/12/2008 5:09:42 AM
I love the rhyme in this...not a word was wasted. The last lines so wise.
Pain or Gain (Poetry) - 6/12/2008 2:34:08 AM
The rhyme and flow was as smoothe as the experience. Peace, Love and Blessings, Paul.
Pain or Gain (Poetry) - 6/11/2008 11:25:30 PM
Wise words phrased so delicately....
Be always safe,
Negativity (Poetry) - 6/2/2008 7:40:04 PM
Very good message about life
Happiness (Poetry) - 6/2/2008 7:38:13 PM
There is indeed many different ways to be happy,from being proud of who you are as a person to hanging out with family and friends that loves and accepts you for who you are.Also happiness can come from within.Very nice poem and continue to bring sunshine into people's lives as well as your own
Change (Poetry) - 5/24/2008 8:01:54 PM
Interesting observation. Yes, one needs to accept and welcome change in order to start changing.
Change (Poetry) - 5/24/2008 3:11:00 PM
I think when it comes to "change" it is like all else in life, moderation may be the key.
Perception (Poetry) - 5/24/2008 2:12:04 PM
Wow! You say much in so few words, and with a wealth of food for thought. "Perception" ... my life's philosophy.
God bless you. Kathy
Change (Poetry) - 5/24/2008 2:10:01 PM
Life's only consistency is "change." Absolutely, we should all embrace it. Well said.
God bless you. Kathy
Change (Poetry) - 5/24/2008 9:29:26 AM
We are different that is for sure and change means diffent things to the different people. Those can accept change barely notice things are different but go on to a new a better place to be better people.
Forgiveness (Poetry) - 5/16/2008 5:47:20 AM
Refusing to forgive put a great strain on you and you can't live peacefully cause you are not living according to God's words. He asked us to forgive our enemies and love one another. It is as it should be to do that.
Determination (Poetry) - 5/16/2008 5:44:40 AM
Determination can stay with us and get us on our way. The secret is to take that first step in the right direction. We should be determined to do our best without regrets. Many goals are out there for us to achieve, determine them.
Purpose (Poetry) - 5/9/2008 9:53:01 AM
A road not taken is a road lost. Nothing ventured, nothing gained is a good thing to think about. This poem says all and gives good advice too. Never give up, cause it is never too late.
Happiness (Poetry) - 5/9/2008 9:51:13 AM
I say we all have to make our own sunshine and find happiness whenever we can and wish. It is not hard to be happy, just look for the good things in life and do them and go for it.
Negativity (Poetry) - 5/9/2008 9:50:06 AM
All to get along with each other is the thing and creating peace and contentment does take some work. Nice poem though!!
Belief (Poetry) - 5/9/2008 8:02:00 AM
Exactly well said and so glad you got the statistics. It is nice to know so many believe in God now a days. We all have one God to help us, love us, guide us and lead us.
Negativity (Poetry) - 5/4/2008 10:39:29 AM
The only way to survive in this world and mover forward is to focus on the postitive no matter what. We all get down and discouraged but the survivors are the ones who can shake it off quickly and get back to living.
Negativity (Poetry) - 5/3/2008 10:05:53 AM
Thoughtfully written and beautifully arranged!
Perception (Poetry) - 5/3/2008 8:34:27 AM
I love your pure and honest philosophy on life. Peace, Love and God's Blessings Always, Paul.
Negativity (Poetry) - 5/3/2008 8:34:07 AM
This is excellent!
Negativity (Poetry) - 5/3/2008 8:31:01 AM
Very well said my friend. No one wants to feed a virus. Misery breeds contempt. Excellent write. Peace, Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
Perception (Poetry) - 4/28/2008 10:24:56 AM