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Little girls

When I was a small girl going to school,
I picked my friends carefully.
They had to wear clothes no better than I,
else I felt poor.
They had to be nearly my size,
else I felt fat, skinny or too tall.

They had to live in a house no better than me,
else, I felt underprivileged.
I never questioned their silliness,
I demanded it,
else I felt stupid.
They had to be loyal, 
for I would take care of them to the end.
A hand held, an occasional hug and a good, short cry proved they trusted me and I cared 
about them.

Now, I'm an old lady.
I pick my friends carefully.
They have to wear clothes no better than me,
Else I feel less chic'.
They can be any size, the bigger they are, the smaller I look.
We are all shrinking, I don't feel so tall.
Any house is a home.
Silliness is better than counting aches and pains, but I will listen to those too.
Loyalty is only as long as my arm and that's o.k.
I will be your friend as long as you will have me.
I can listen to the worst of your problems with a kind ear.
A hug or hand held means, " I like you and I am there for you."
We are all little girls again.

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  1. Date: 7/11/2010 5:18:00 AM
    If there is a comma ending the line before, the next line should begin with a lower caseletter. So, line 4,6,8, 11 should all be lower case. Wewere not as kind or secure as little girls..perhaps we have all grown up? and perhaps you should have used Or else? (But maybe not, just a thought1) Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/17/2010 5:29:00 PM
    yes parts of us will always stay "little girls!" Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 7:24:00 PM
    poetic philosophy of the realities of the past and present in this well expressed free verse, Gail. enjoyed "muchly"...heehee. a poetically licentious adverb, I'm sure! thanks for your welcome comments.-Robert

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 6:55:00 PM
    enjoyed this one

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 4:30:00 PM
    I enjoyed this interestingly written poem, thanks for the upload, keep writing. From Gavin.

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 4:37:00 AM
    Interesting point of view, nice to compare the first and second childhoods, I enjoyed reading you poem.