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Spinning Top Toddler

I still have faint memories of the day
When in our small living room I did play
A toddler of three, spinning on my head
Lord, why wasn’t I born a boy instead?

Acrobatic talent was freely shown
But I was wearing a dress; grandma moaned
Swatted me, “Act like a lady,” she said
Lord, why wasn’t I born a boy instead?

My mother smiled, took a different approach
The acrobat skills she did not reproach
“You may take lessons,” to classes she led
Lord, why wasn’t I born a boy instead?

‘Cause mom insisted I take ballet, too
And just the very thought made me feel blue
Dancing on toes caused foot soreness widespread
Lord, why wasn’t I born a boy instead?

Eight years of lessons, but ne’er ladylike
Gracefulness failed to emerge from this tyke
To this day, I’d rather spin on my head
Lord, why wasn’t I born a boy instead?

*For Paula's Baby Boo's Shoes Contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 5/29/2014 10:55:00 PM
    Carolyn This is a cute and fun write about you as a child. Its alright to have fun the way you want, whether your a boy or girl. Thanks for the nice comment on my Blue Eyes poem. BTW He is a country singer with some great songs.

  1. Date: 9/1/2010 10:54:00 AM
    Very nice!

  1. Date: 8/25/2010 12:53:00 PM
    I def see you as a tomboy when you were younger, but inside that shell was a beauty queen ready to show, and show she did. Congratulations on your win Carolyn >> James

  1. Date: 8/22/2010 6:47:00 AM
    A familiar refrain Carolyn.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/19/2010 10:16:00 PM
    What a lovely poem on your childhood. Loved the line, dancing on toes...... Thanks for your comments. It means a lot to me.

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 9:13:00 AM
    fantastic poem , congrats on your win

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 7:50:00 AM
    I loved this when I first read's a gem!! Sugar and spice....but a mix of puppy dog tails! :) Congratulations!

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 7:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Catie's contest! Peace always, John

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 5:17:00 AM
    Congratulations Carolyn on your win in Catie's contest. I just love the approach you took on this one. But.......I love the girlie you, just keep your jeans near lol. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/17/2010 8:47:00 AM
    Smile ~ "Yes," just goes to show how very much within many different ways sometimes that men and woman, boys and girls have quite a bit in common; in regards to feelings, interest and many like minded things....Smile, loved this glimpse into Your Precious Heart! "Wonderful Poem Carolyn!" ~ Again, "Much Warmth & Love to You Always, & All You Love," John! ~ Smile, "Ballet; oh, I have always wanted to try that? Smile, "Bye Dear!":) ~

  1. Date: 8/17/2010 6:01:00 AM
    Great and funny entry, Carolyn! Enjoyed the read this early afternoon! And I wish you best of luck for the contest with this nice write!..Thank you for commenting "Vampire Bats". They are really a hazard in the Amazon basin. We were lucky last Sunday as it didn't rain as much as anticupated....Now with subsiding floodwater the real extend of damage can be seen. ...All the best!...Love, Gert

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 10:45:00 PM
    Great entry, Carolyn, to this contest! Best wishes for success and thank you for your kind comments on mine today. Love, Caroline.

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 9:40:00 PM
    I love how you did this as a kyrielle, Carolyn. GREAT way to approach it. I too was a tomboy. Gosh, I left that part completely out of MY poem, but it was getting too long and I needed to end it. haha. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 7:16:00 PM
    hey I really like this one, Carolyn. Very well done and humorous. A winner in my book fr sure

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 7:03:00 PM
    ouch,ballet dancers have to be dedicated to spin on the tips of their toes): this is cute, and funny too. good luck, Carolyn ~Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 6:27:00 PM
    I think there is a bit of tomboy in me too, Carolyn......but that can be a good thing, especially since I was the mom of two sons as well as a daughter. What a fun poem this is. Best wishes in the contest! :) ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 1:44:00 PM
    very well done...enjoyed your 3rd and 4th lines,as the 1st and 2nd carried it thru........peace , jay

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 12:06:00 PM
    I love your poem. It makes me feel like the novice I am. I'm glad you're not a boy. Where would the soup be without Carolyn D. Bless, Charles

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 11:33:00 AM
    Im glad your just you..but I would like to see you spin on your'r to funny LNC> BG

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 11:29:00 AM
    My mom them thought I would be a boy, I suprised them by being born two months early and by being a girl :) enjoyed your write Carolyn best wishes for the contest, love Wilma