"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poetry Jam February 26, 2014

The Little Engine that Could 
First published in the United States in 1930 

I think we all have known "Little Engines".
Friends or family members 
that don't take no for an answer
and do not let difficulties in life 
deter them from reaching their goals.
One of my nieces is definitely a 
"Little Engine that Could" .
So this is for her and all single moms:

Life is challenging
And you face it head on
With a smile for all
and love for your kids 

You turn dark nights
Into sunny days 
And while helping others
You make your way

We all are proud
Of who you are
What you have done
And who you will be
Thanks to Mary for using
the theme of trains for this weeks theme.
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Have a great week!


Sandee said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Some folks just can't seem to do anything. Well except complain at how unfair life is.

Have a fabulous day honey. ♥♥♥

Helen said...

... This is perfect Kathe!

Brian Miller said...

we all go through those tough spots...and we have to remember that if you just keep on...it wont last...like that little engine.

Gabriella said...

Your poem is a great compliment to your niece. I like how you have used different tenses in the last stanza. "You turn dark nights / Into sunny days " - we definitely need more people like that!

Karen S. said...

Up, up, all the way! Inspiring and cute poem.

Mary said...

Oh, I really like the book "Little Engine that Could," and I enjoyed the story about your niece. You made me think of people in my life who would be 'little engines' as well. We really should let people like your niece know that we are proud of them for overcoming challenges. I imagine YOU do. Smiles!

Celia said...

Wonderful poetic atta-girl for your niece.

Stephen Hayes said...

I've missed your posts while I was away. I loved trains when I was a kid, and I still love to hear them late at night when I'm in bed.

Donna Smith said...

With an "I think I can" attitude she's going to make it just fine! Get her a copy of the book. Print up the poem, glue it to the inside - a nice mother's day gift to her!

messymimi said...

People who are "Little Engines" inspire me to work harder.

Peggy said...

I remember that book from my childhood and think it may still be around--one of those childhood classics. And congrats to your niece!

Kathryn said...

Beautiful . . . we have to keep on keeping on.

Sumana Roy said...

my best wishes to all the little engines everywhere ... isn't it a great achievement of turning dark nights into sunny days..a wonderful write up..

Wendy Bourke said...

This is very charming poem and a really sweet "homage" - to a niece from an aunt.

alan1704 said...

Really nice feel to this that just brings a smile to my face, i can feel the warm glow of the trains engine. Great feelings.

Susan Lindquist said...

What a wonderful message that story has given over the years ... and what a nice shout out to folks to never lose faith in themselves! Great piece!