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O The Indignity of it All

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O The Indignity of it All

Last summer when hiking with some friends
We came to a place where the trail ends
A road had been cut and stolen the trees

An 18 year old balanced the side
When all of the sudden his mother did cry

Get off that ledge have you lost your mind
And then all of the others with her did chime

I said you guys are silly he’s not going to fall
Anyone could do it anyone at all

All walked on, they had saved his neck
I looked and stared and said what the heck

As my friends walked on I stood on the ledge
Started to balance then looked over the edge

Far, far below all rocks, okay boulders
I realized I hadn’t done this since I became older

The only thought that came was 
Oh man this is gonna a hurt
My arms flailing quickly
all my senses alert

I know I looked like an idiot jerking forward and back
But then all my friends turned and went on attack
So much cussing and screaming had they all lost their minds
Tried though I might no voice I could find

With everything in me came the smallest of “help"
My friend reached and grabbed me 
And threw me to the ground
Then all of my friends did gather around 

I couldn’t get up so hard I did laugh
Then I stood to plead sanity on my own behalf

Look I’m as shocked as you
I used to do this in my sleep
I thought that as you grew older
At least your balance you could keep
After my laughter subsided
Indignity sunk in
I hadn’t felt so very old 
Since I couldn’t remember when

I vowed right then before we left
That before my next birthday
I’d go back and walk that ledge
No matter what they had to say

So in the middle of summer
If my pen should suddenly mute
Just know that I am mending
And my pride is following suit

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  1. Date: 3/17/2009 4:27:00 PM
    foolishness is a dangerous toy. it can hurt you without mercy. john

  1. Date: 3/13/2009 6:15:00 PM
    Hope you didn't (shoot the kid!!!!!!) Put the gun AWAY !!

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 10:25:00 AM
    Hi Laurie.... its that little rebel in you Laurie.... but all I can say is good luck ! .... cause I won't try to stop you..... thanks for the comment Laurie... I think my name might be Tizwaz.....

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 6:35:00 AM
    What is really going through your mind KY--- what indeed I enjoyed this and thanks for the early morning laughs

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 4:32:00 AM
    Laurie, I will love to play in your mind.

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 3:43:00 AM
    HA! lol Sorry to laugh, but I see myself within this one. lol I am a clumsy dummy most of the time, and I have so many stories like this, it would make you seem like a ballarina. lol thanks for the giggle to start off my day, love, Kristin

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 8:28:00 PM
    Yes I''m not the age my birthdays say. Please be careful. You don't have to prove yourself. Thanks for your comments on my St. Paddy's offering. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 7:52:00 PM
    Good grief, Laurie! Don't let the pen "mute." We'd miss your witty voice. I love this poem as I'm something of a daredevil, too. I fear we will both rage against the dying of the light as we age. I refuse to let age dictate what I can and cannot do, and I'm glad to have your company in this hapless quest. RE: "Playing Santa to Wall Street," let me tell you how I really feel! Ticked off! Loved the humor in the comment you left. So watch out or I'll make you walk the plank...uh, the ledge.

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 8:10:00 AM
    Smile~I love Your wonderful sense of humor Laurie~among many of the other wonderful qualities of character which I have seen and somehow perceived inside of "You!!?"~So, what Your saying here is? If we do not see much of Yourself within a few months, then, we'll know You fell off the ledge? Better than the wagon~Smile~"My Love To You Dear & All You Love, John!!!:):) On we go....

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 7:18:00 AM
    ~lol~ Too funny! Be careful young lady, and do warn us before you attempt something so treacherous so we can talk you out of it! An excellent read (at your expense!) Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 6:13:00 AM
    "Pride goeth before the fall" (or something like that...) Ouch! Dang it ...it stings getting older and and feeling your indignity has been wounded!! Cute story....I love to hike, I'd like to be down there hiking with ya... you young thing...but just keep me away for ledges...don't like high places!! I'm getting my hiking boots on...so wait up...I'm coming! love, eirraC ...(that's me... Yoda speaking!)

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 6:07:00 AM
    Haha, very funny! Hopefully broken bones won't ensue from your next venture. LOL Fun stuff. Love Christie

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 5:46:00 AM
    very nice "time continuum" Laurie

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 5:42:00 AM
    I love this Laurie.. Go fo it!! hell you only live once..although this maybe your once..LOL..JK..I like the fighting spirit..and I love the last two lines..thanks for the comment.. I will tell you about the rabbit sometime..LOL.