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Formal Ambitions

The rule book
Of Society rules
We either live by the rules
Or be ruled unfit:

Toe the line
Walk that fine line
Keep in line
But never cross the line;

Speak up
Speak when spoken to
Speak politely
But never speak out of turn;

Mind your manners
Mind where you look now
Mind your Mama
Oh just never mind;

Look out
Watch out 
Just let it play itself out
But never let it out;

Come when called
Come along now
Come here
Just never come alone.

But sometimes
The line between formal
And informal
And I come
In my mind
Without you
Playing it out
With both feet
Planted firmly
Over the line.

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  1. Date: 12/17/2010 5:45:00 AM
    The great thing about manners and wisdom, is that they are free to all. It beggars belief the amount of people who don't know how to use both. Another wisdom filled piece Deb >> James :)

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 11:12:00 AM
    Hi Deb.I think this is neat.It's truth,life and a little touch of cynisism and the rebel in you I should imagine.I absolutely love it ,the way it reads,the rhythm,the words, fantastic!Thank you.It gave me lots of pleasure reading it,I also think it's clever and I am making it one of my favourites.Love June(S)

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 10:53:00 AM
    of being spontaneous and yet, grounded.. explosive work, deb! warmest, nette