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"Teach us to care and not to care;
  teach us to sit still."
                                 -T.S. Eliot

Too much of everything, no equanimity, 
ipods and emails engulfing your brain; 
snafus and bottlenecks, traffic and tie-ups,
endless confusion will drive you insane.

Perhaps it would be best to pause for a moment,
to give up your place to the lean and the mean,
to covet silence and calm and simplicity,
shun chaos and pressure and strive to go green! 

Take refuge in reading, or simply go shopping,
have fun with your children and make lots of noise,
play ball with your neighbor, take walks in the country
and nurture your inner child, play with your toys!

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  1. Date: 1/13/2013 9:58:00 AM
    teach us to care and not to care. my god this is so beautiful. how wonderful a thought if it were too actually occur. my daughter spends more time on her ipod then she does any thing else in her existance. literally takes it to the shower. she said mom im going to invent a waterproof seal for ipods. i wanted to faint.

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 1:43:00 PM
    Children can not play today Keith, the past year I have worked with children from 6 to 14 years - They do not play .... playing video games .... do not talk ... Yes, they have MANY toys .... but .... Very good poem and theme Keith. - Have a nice Sunday. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 12:49:00 PM
    You sure make a boat load of sense in this one my friend... good write! Cheers, Jack

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 1:47:00 PM
    We all need the time out for ourselves to nurture that inner child. Something I often forget to do so that advice comes at a good time. Nicely done on this poem Keith. love phyl

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 7:35:00 PM
    This is my cup of tea, such good advice for a girl who can deal with bits as chunks are overwhelming. Ilove your choice of things todo that simplify life. Great verse for me!

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 2:24:00 PM
    Hi Kieth yes toy time indeed I like to keep the child alive in me, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 9:37:00 AM
    Well said. pausing, Ohm, ohm much better thanks

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 8:45:00 AM
    Forgot -- check your soup mail.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 8:44:00 AM
    I'll meet you at the playground. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 12:47:00 AM
    A great feel to this one Keith; I suppose one answer as to why we get so tangled in the " world" is it keeps people occupied.. And the powers that run things just need a spare moment of voting to keep them in power to have their wars and whatnot whilst the people get back to the daily grind.." yours Joe.

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 10:54:00 PM
    Awesome! I can relate to this poem, Keith! Very nice! Ruben.

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 6:38:00 PM
    been a while keith... innocence of inner child and his sense of wonder so well portrayed here.. in these jaded times, we do need to nurture that 'little prince' in us... much delighted!..:) huggs