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PEOPLE I USED TO BE

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PEOPLE I USED TO BE

PEOPLE    I   USED   TO   BE

Arrogant thoughtless young man who knew
More facts  than common sense  -
Driving the car as fast as he could, thence 
Over the next hill for green pastures new

New father with wonder and awe
Holding this brand-new bundle of squirming youth
Whose eyes are searching his for the truth  -
As he looks for resemblance in nose or jaw

Teacher, writer, singer, less bothered by fact  -
Slower driving, less squirming,
Interested in truth and  value affirming  -
And who knows at last how to act

                Passing time will smooth a jagged stone 
                And strip proud flesh to solid  bone 



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  1. Date: 7/15/2012 8:55:00 AM
    I have often witnessed the transformation of someone who at one time may have been a bit wild, perhaps a bit reckless, until parenthood takes hold and grounds them....Some of the best parents I know, are those who understand the daring side of their own kids....sharing the experience helps to teach by example"... with more understanding involved.

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 3:03:00 PM
    Well said and written. Bravo!! Very insightful.