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Below is the poem entitled PAY TO PLAY which was written by poet Kim van Breda. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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PAY TO PLAY Playgrounds and parks as children freely play Voices raised in excitement – beautiful day Slides, swings and colorful jungle-gyms Happy-go-lucky, light hearted they brim Adolescents planning a weekend ahead Finally a break from regimental brigaded dread Nightclubs and parties, dates determined to pursue Popularity a price slowly uncovered—lost virtue Responsibility in adulthood arrives without warning Marriages, mortgages—apprehensions start dawning Climbing corporate ladders-- morale reaching height Freedom, light-heartedness—play comes at a price Copyright©-- April 2013 Kim van Breda

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  1. Date: 7/7/2013 7:29:00 AM
    Unfortunately..... true...congratulations

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 5:17:00 PM
    Hi Kim, I see you placed on the winners list in the contest with this poem. Enjoyed it the second time also. Great poetry :)

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:16:00 PM
    this is one cool poem, CONGRATS, love Skat

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 11:36:00 PM
    Kim, not the title I was looking for..., thank you for your day one entry and win... congrats!!! :-) From: Linda

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 7/6/2013 3:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda... I know, I tried to edit and change the format after I had already submitted the original, and resent it with the "Day One" title which obviously didn't work :)... great that I still got an honorable mention.. thanks for that xxxx
  1. Date: 5/5/2013 3:45:00 AM
    The stages of my life, perfectly captured by the wisdom of a talented poetess.... What more could I ask for?... Well done, sweetheart, very well done..... Jake

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 5/5/2013 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much for the encouragement and compliment. Yes... this is what I was thinking of when I wrote this. My 'children' are approaching the 'marrying' stage of their lives, and I want to tell them.. "Here comes responsibility" :)
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 11:42:00 AM
    WOW another stunning perfectly imaged.

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 7:05:00 AM
    Oh, so true...lucky kids...haha

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 10:56:00 AM
    Wow I really liked this one. It went through the stages of life very quickly, but I guess that's fitting seeing how life is so short. Lightheartedness only comes when things are provided for you... When te tables turn and YOU become the one that has to provide you have to change your perspective on things... Well penned!