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A man on crutches passed me by
And sparked some rumination.
We all require some support
To keep in circulation.

It may not be as obvious
As crutches made of wood,
But something helps us get around
And live the lives we should.

Perhaps a person is the means
Of keeping us from falling –
A spouse or relative or friend
Who answers when we’re calling.

A pet may prop us properly, 
Preventing us from flailing;
Or maybe just a lucky charm
Represses a derailing.

Whatever crutches we might use
To navigate our years,
I’m grateful, for their presence
Works to overcome our fears.

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  1. Date: 11/3/2012 5:16:00 AM
    Deep message... great poem! Terry

  1. Date: 11/3/2012 1:32:00 AM
    Your poems are so wise, and tell me again, where can I buy the book?!!

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 1:16:00 PM
    human write that sparkles, ilene.. wow!

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 12:52:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your poetry with us today Ilene. I have enjoyed reading it. Have a great weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 10:54:00 AM
    Every crutch i leaned on in this world was pointless til i leaned on God, this reminded me nicely Ilene, thanks, blessings Carl

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 9:51:00 AM
    Ha ha i read this with a little bit of a laugh, my crutches are obvious I have had them for over forty years, I use them as well as people use chop sticks these days I am very handy with them. xx

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 8:39:00 AM
    Wow, Love this ilene. I love the rhyme, I love the meter, I love the poem. Bravo!