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When the Tab Comes Due

Frail humans we are and mistakes are made, but there will be a time to pay for pain inflicted on others. Run swiftly from dark clouds hovering above, baggage like an albatross around our necks -- cast it aside. Commit to offering kind words, compassion to all, bestowing brotherly love. Make amends when possible for harmful acts, even negative thoughts, and promote harmony. When we stand at heaven’s gate, we’ll not be asked about material possessions, but how much love we gave. The prince and the pauper will be judged as equals when the tab comes due.
*Entry for Paula’s “How Due You Dew” contest Written September 8, 2011

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  1. Date: 9/19/2011 4:00:00 PM
    A pleasure to experience this read..

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 7:41:00 AM
    Congratulation my friend for your grand win. Thanks for sharing, bl

  1. Date: 9/15/2011 11:06:00 PM
    I don't know how I missed reading this contest list of winners but there you are with your beautiful poetry. Congratulations on your big win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/15/2011 10:14:00 PM
    Carolyn, your writing is superb. This is a beautiful poem. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Well done and congratulations on your first place win. Lee

  1. Date: 9/14/2011 7:13:00 PM
    I like the last line ''The prince and the pauper will be judged as equals when the tab comes due.'' it's my favourite line

  1. Date: 9/14/2011 1:07:00 PM
    Nice write,Carolyn.Congratulations on your well deserved win in Paula`s "How Due You Dew"contest...

  1. Date: 9/14/2011 8:34:00 AM
    so many people don't seem to realize this or if they do, don't act accordingly. my husband was talking the other day about this guy that thought he was so important because he knew all these people, a real name dropper, and because he had a fancy title and nice car, and we were both like, who cares? are the people at the pearly gates going to care? you're right that it's all about love, not possessions, not who you know. congrats on your win with this!

  1. Date: 9/14/2011 3:22:00 AM
    a timely reminder, carols.. toppers!... congrats on your glowing win! :) huggs

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 9:35:00 PM
    Congratulation for your grand win. I knew. bl

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 8:45:00 PM
    beautifully penned piece Carolyn, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 2:16:00 PM
    An amazing write from you Carolyn.So true and thought provoking above words are.Congratulations on your 1st place win.

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 12:05:00 PM
    Congratulations on your first place win!!!!!! I really enjoyed reading your beautiful poem!!!----Lori

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 11:40:00 AM
    Yes, indeed - lovely piece, my friend

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 11:24:00 AM
    What a gift this positive message is! A lovely win Carolyn, and well deserved!!

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 11:23:00 AM
    ahhh so true and kindness is its own reward! BIG BIG congrad's so nice to see you back in the #1 spot! light & love

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 9:31:00 AM
    Excellent writing. Congratulations, Carolyn. Dinda :)

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 8:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved top spot win Carolyn. Hope you have a smile on your face today my friend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 7:51:00 AM
    congrats on your win.. live it cory

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 3:46:00 AM
    hey Carolyn congrats on your win,very powerful and gentle at the same time..David

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 1:45:00 AM
    Big Win Congratulations!!! I knew this one was worthy...CR