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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Little Truth

These are truths I’ve come to know
As through Life I’ve chanced to go.
A better time you will have too.
If, from these facts, you do accrue . . .

The first: you cannot baptize cats,
Don’t argue, just accept the fact.

If Mom and Dad, a spat have shared,
Never let Mom brush your hair.

If Sister hits, then don’t hit back,
You will get blamed for the attack.

Though with faith he seems imbued,
Don’t trust your dog to watch your food.

Unless you want a style with ‘flair’,
Don’t sneeze while someone cuts your hair.

When holding cats, to avoid the welts,
Leave the vacuum somewhere else.

If brother is a three-year-old,
A tomato’s not for him to hold.

White shorts look good, but people stare
At polka-dotted underwear.

And when you‘re sad as sad can be,
The best place is on Gramma’s knee.

And as I’ve aged, my wisdom’s grown,
My chickens from the nest have flown.
But as an elder, I’ve learned more,
Take heed, here’s what you have in store.

Raising teenagers, you’ll agree,
S’like nailing jelly to a tree.

Those wrinkles, although clearly there.
Are painless. Just so you’re aware.

Those oaks that you see standing ‘round,
Were once a nut that held its ground.

If jogging’s what you like to do,
Then laugh. You’ll jog the inside, too.

And cereal somewhat kills the joy,
When picked for fibre. Not the toy.

So there. That’s it. It’s all I’ve got.
I know it’s really not a lot.
But if you want to silly be.
Try these, and you’ll be just like me.

18 comments:

  1. I DO want to be just like you.

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  2. Oh, to be so wise, and to be able to state it in rhyme! I agree with Delores! Love the photo too!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! That's me and half of our grandkids. I wonder what I'd do if the rest were there, too?!

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  3. Ohhh, I don't know about the label today - I think these rhymes hold both truth AND wisdom :)

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  4. I am constantly amazed by your talent!

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  5. Wonderful advice in a beautiful poem.

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    1. Thank you, River. It was so much fun to do! I was out for my walk and the rhymes just started coming . . .

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  6. Hahaha! I loved this and I am as always amazed at your talent!

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    1. Truth in rhyme. What better way to swallow it! :)

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  8. Yeah. You need something about how watching the grandkids is great, because you get them sugared up and then SEND THEM HOME!

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    1. Hmmm . . .
      I'll put my grandkids in a poem,
      I'll sugar them. I'll send them home.

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  9. Diane, this is just lovely! Especially the part about the cereal...!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. You can have the prize out of the next box! :)

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