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Fragile Vases

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Fragile Vases

Self-esteem is such a fragile vase
Easily shattered by thoughtless words
You can tell by the look upon her face
That the breakage has already occurred

On the verge of becoming a woman
Venturing out into the world on her own
And she is battered by words full of venom
From adults who should better have known

You should build her up and not tear her down
Simply because you envy her for her youth
You’ve already had your night on the town
Don’t destroy her with what you think is truth

The pieces that now lay broken
Are not easily put back into place
You cannot take back words that were spoken
And restore the confidence that you have erased

Allow your child to love herself
And be proud of the vase that she is
Remember your youth and how you once felt
Wanting the confidence to go out and live


By Joe Flach, written for the Picking Up the Broken Pieces Contest

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  1. Date: 11/5/2012 1:33:00 PM
    Marvelous write and wonderful message Joe....congrats on an awesome win! Hugs

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 2:24:00 PM
    Very inspiring lines! A well-deserved win.

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 11:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning poem in "Picking Up The Broken Pieces" contest. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 2:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on a well deserved win. Seren

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 10:57:00 PM
    CONGRATS JOE ON A SUPERB WRITE AND FIRST PLACE WIN LUV ..

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 8:46:00 PM
    Joe, Congratulations on your win,,, always~pd

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 8:09:00 PM
    Such a loving, touching poem. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 4:57:00 PM
    Convincing advice Joe and a winner. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 4:51:00 PM
    words full of wisdom..congrats on a well deserved win

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 4:50:00 PM
    Wonderful write Joe, you are a sensitive man full of strength, that is to be admired in a man, congrats on your super win, hugs viev

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 4:44:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Gail's "Broken Pieces" contest Joe. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 1:48:00 PM
    Beautifully written and beautifully said. All I can say is that you wrote this with style. Thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest. Lucilla

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 3:58:00 PM
    The epitome of a powerful and loving nature, scripted in detail! This is what a poem is made of! Job Well Done Joe!

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:45:00 AM
    great poem and excellent advice!

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:19:00 AM
    Another weekend is here and I have not read as many poems as I would have liked to this week. I am happy I was able to read yours today. Have a wonderful weekend Joe and I wish you the best in the contest. Hopefully I will be able to read more next week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 7:36:00 AM
    Love it Love it Love it. So few understand the impact their words hold on a young persons life. The ones that do the hurting have often been hurt themselves and think the heartache they are providing is help. So sad.

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 1:17:00 AM
    Wise words. Good luck in the contest!