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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Poetry Jam March 27, 2014 Letting Go!

Baby Turtles, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
November 12, 2012

Raising children is an intricate dance
First a slow waltz usually at night
Sleepily rocking while in a trance 

Later on it's a crazy polka
Chasing those chubby little legs
You will need a strong mocha

Then drama with a hormonal teen
Changes the dance to a moody tango
Happy for a sec and then makes a scene

Look out! Here comes the jitterbug
As they ask for the car keys 
And did I mention using drugs?

Now ready to move on their own 
Not with a Limbo, Twist or Shuffle
It's a new dance- the Stepping Stone.
Thanks to Laurie Kolp for this weeks 
Poetry Jam theme of Letting Go!


  1. With the hormonal teens I find it necessary to let go of all the things you'd be dying to tell them but would just create more drama!

  2. Oh yes, when one has a teen ager, one definitely has to be prepared to let go....one little bit at a time!

    It definitely is a NEW dance!

  3. Hi... I hope that you will visit others over at Poetry Jam this week. We really have a pretty small site...and we thrive on reciprocity. Smiles.

  4. This is spot on. I love it. Very well done.

    Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

  5. Your poem captures perfectly the various phases of childhood.

  6. oy...ha...its constantly learning a new dance...at each level of their lives...what worked once doesnt any more...and teens, well that is def a different level...and then soon enough they are on their own...our greatest moment of letting go...

  7. Parenthood is difficult...how anyone survives teenagers is short of miraculous:)

  8. Love the stepping stone image. I'm going to keep that in mind. Thanks for sharing this piece.

  9. indeed! dancing through the raising of children is the key. certainly help make the 'letting go' a little easier. Well done! enjoyed your word creation!

  10. You mean kids leave home? hee hee....just kidding....loved this.

  11. Ah, the dance of truth. My son and wife have five adolescents in the house. I get to go home ;-)

  12. Well done.....thanks for sharing this

  13. You really capture the cycle here! I am still "surviving" the dance lol...mostly enjoying though...smiles

  14. wow wow wow....just the same thing is going on, in my house, since last couple of days...bringing up children...dealing with teenage daughter...you took out the very essence very briliently!

  15. That'a what i'm in the thick of, aiming for the Stepping Stone. You got it just rught.

  16. You just wrote my life; thank you.

  17. Okay, we were on the same wavelength for this "letting go" topic! It is all a dance!

  18. Thank goodness they are stages that pass and not permanent (but a strong mocha always works).

  19. ah...those beautiful moments of life
    to be fondly cherished in later years

  20. Kathe, so clever!! And true:-) The dances you chose were perfect, especially jitterbug...at least for me, anyway ;-} And what a perfect ending, we are that stepping stone, and we have to find our own too. Excellent!!

  21. This is quite well done and rings with such truth, oh those teenage years!


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