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Tender Years

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Tender Years

In my young years I knew nothing of
The unloved or unlovable.
I'd like to live those tender years again,
But they are not recoverable.

My mother dad and brothers
Held me close with tender care.
"She is a girl, she's breakable.
Don't drop her, don't you dare."

No one has had a better home,
No one has been loved more
Than that little girl of long ago
When she was just three or four.

The love I knew, those tender years
Has been a blanket all my life.,
That I can wrap in gratefully
From the world and all its strife.

The pure love in my first home
Has been passed down through the years,
Down through all the generations.
It's still there to soothe the tears.

If a child's loved in her tender years
She'll have a firm foundation
And will be a better mother
And good citizen of her nation.

12/18/12
Joyce Johnson


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  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Happy New Year Joyce! Luv you!Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/29/2012 2:30:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win,...great write

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 9:45:00 PM
    Congratulations Joyce.....Seren

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Joyce.. a wonderful win in Gail Angel Doyle's "tender year" contest... have yourself a wonderful 2013... always! PD

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 11:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your top win my dear friend, Joyce! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 1:09:00 AM
    This is lovely Joyce and well serving of the top spot, Congratulations love xx

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 12:23:00 AM
    Lovely and wonderful write,Joyce...Good and touching piece...Congrats on your well deserved win in this contest..

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 12:01:00 AM
    Congratulations Joyce, really lovely read....Seren

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 11:20:00 PM
    congrats Joyce on a most beautiful write emoting tenderness and a superb win luv .. thankxx for your prayers and comments of luv . my hubby has me on half hour limits on PS till I am stronger from my health ordeal .. wishing u a blessed HNY

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 7:22:00 PM
    Marvelous memories from your good long life, JOyce. A poem to treasure. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 4:59:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Joyce

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 2:55:00 PM
    Well done Joyce. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 11:20:00 AM
    So well written my dear Joyce and I can totally relate to it. I also had much love in my growing up years! Loved it... Merry Christmas!

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 7:55:00 AM
    Yes. Well said, Joyce. Love your wisdom and your share of experience. Enjoyed :)

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 5:02:00 AM
    This is beautiful Joyce, in fact, one of the best poems i've read in a long time, full of positivity, you and your family, have a wonderful festive season...harry

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 5:19:00 PM
    Joyce; This is very touching. I am glad that you had those wonderful years and beautiful memories. I remember my tender years and sometimes I still cry. Thanks for sharing This. Is this for the contest? if so, good luck. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 1:50:00 AM
    Joyce very fine words...David try a re-read

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    Date: 12/19/2012 7:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks David. I wrote this late at night. My eyes were probably crossing. Love, Joyce