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Compelled

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Compelled

What motivation drives her infant feet
to push back at the ground she knows so well?
What causes her to suddenly rebel
and with the savage walking world compete?
To pull herself upright on virgin legs - 
were years of crawling all too much to bear?
Or was she quite abruptly made aware
that dirty floors are but for she who begs?

How quickly in adulthood we profess
our hatred of the view from there below,
but from the crawl we learn to live with grace:
In knowing well its grave submissiveness,
in wanting to allow ourselves to grow,
we teach our legs to stand firm in their place.

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  1. Date: 3/30/2011 7:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Tracy

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 6:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Tracy. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 6:30:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem Compelled being featured this week, Tracy