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Remember Paint-by-Numbers?
I loved them as a kid.
You filled in all the numbered spaces
Marked out on the grid.

You had your plastic pots of paint,
Each one a numbered match.
Creative juices didn’t flow,
No effort made from scratch.

Yet if you stayed within the lines,
A masterpiece appeared.
You didn’t need instruction
So no parents interfered.

The end result produced a smile
And bursting sense of pride;
A feeling of accomplishment
Just couldn’t be denied.

A lashing out at Lego toys
Brought back my painted treasures.
Some criticize new Lego sets
Which, though providing pleasures,

Deprive the seed of fantasy
Existing in each child
From blossoming and thus,
Imagination can’t run wild.

A Lego Star Wars figure
Builds just that and that alone,
Preventing kids from coming up
With patterns of their own.

To this I say, just let them play
Or paint or draw or build.
Whatever talents wait inside
Will somehow be fulfilled.

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  1. Date: 2/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Ilene' congratulations with your sweet win 'take care~SKAT

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 4:26:00 PM
    Know what Ilene?...I've fallen in love with your simple but insightful are establishing a poetic identity, in other words. read one of your poems and you know that's Ilene talking!...this brings back so many great fav was Lincoln Logs and putting those plastic cars together - Tim

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 3:34:00 PM
    Neat poem. I still live in a Lego world. My kids have carried on the tradition. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 12:44:00 PM
    Delightful write Irene.....big congrats on your win! Hugs

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 6:28:00 AM
    sorry i am late with congratulations Ilene , very unintentional xx

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 2:51:00 PM
    The seeds we sow, we'll someday know. Time is short, I have to go. :)

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 10:06:00 PM
    I remember this gem. Congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 6:53:00 PM
    Congrats ilene

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 5:22:00 PM
    Fond memories of my son. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 8:14:00 AM
    Ilene, ~ congratulations with the wonderful win in Frank's ""DO YOU REMEMBER? " contest. have yourself a nice day~ xox~PD

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 6:53:00 AM
    You are so good at evoking nostalgia!! I used to love Lego and always made up my own designs instead of going by the instructions. (And let's be honest - I would still play with Lego if I still owned any.) Congratulations :)

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 6:25:00 AM
    I love this topic: Yes, painting seems to build the bridge to creativity and the imagination. Congratulations on your win, Ilene.

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 2:32:00 PM
    The first painting I did was painting by number. Then I started doing it on my own. Eventually tremers stopped me so I picked up the pen... And writting by computer is easier than the pen... so I wrote on... You brought back great memories I had as a child... My first paint by number was a dog.

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 11:23:00 AM
    Well said Ilene - I used to love those paint by numbers but must admit, without the numbers and outlines, I can't paint a thing so that you would know what it was. I guess I will stick to word pictures. Mike

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 11:00:00 AM
    good poem~ LUV~ SKAT

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 7:05:00 AM
    Kind childhood activities ..... I remember that I liked it ... - Thank you, Ilene. Have a nice Sunday. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:54:00 AM
    Ilene, sometimes I wonder how the wisest words come out of your pen in the guise of what seems a simple poem. Bravo! love, Kathy

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 5:02:00 PM
    what an interesting topic to write about, Ilene. You could even develop this philosophically and further discuss how something can look so masterful when it is not truly of one's own making! I enjoyed this.

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 11:49:00 AM
    yes, such truth here, Ilene - beautifully written, as ever

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 11:16:00 AM
    This is so true Ilene, I did paint by numbers as a child and I am considered artistic mine looked awful compared to my sister who not considered artistic. Each t their own and let the creations come forth xx