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Teach Your Children Well

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Teach Your Children Well

Children learn by the games they play
the games you teach them to control
They watch your eyes, they watch your smile
your opinions take a heavy toll.

Do you teach them to run and jump high
or lead them into a darkened room.
Do you give them guns and sword play
or send them outside to grow and bloom.

Have you explained the hurt, and the pain
which comes from the letting of blood
or glorified taking of sides
and bleeding victims crushed in the mud.

Two dimensional deeds plant red seeds
in the fertile fields of growing minds.



*title credit to Crosbey Stills and Nash

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  1. Date: 1/20/2013 12:29:00 PM
    Nicely written and a great message. Thank you for sharing.

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 9:53:00 AM
    Debbie, :-) CONGRATULATIONS on a poem well done. Nice exposure in Yasmin's "Video Games Played " extravaganza... take care ~PD

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 2:59:00 PM
    Wonderful piece,Nice message...Congratulations on your superb win...

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 1:32:00 PM
    I see congratulations are in order. A clever message in this beautiful sonnet, Deborah! Very nice. Ruben.

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 12:05:00 PM
    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 4:47:00 AM
    congrats on your win ....best wishes

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 7:07:00 PM
    Well, you are right. We do think alike! Our poems are like mirror images. Nice work.

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 12:35:00 PM
    I really love this, Deb. Congratulations on your deserving Ist Place win. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 11:26:00 AM
    a winner indeed!! Congratulations friend Debbie on your win. Hugs, Maria

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 9:19:00 AM
    The seeds of violence are planted long before they are old enough to buy a gun. (Love the title of this piece!) Congrats....insightful poetry!

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 8:25:00 AM
    Very beautiful, very deep and very encouraging for parents to think about the matter seriously. Great job ! Love :)))

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 7:47:00 AM
    "Red Seeds" indeed! Well written! RAY

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 7:08:00 AM
    Many parents have been replaced by their TVs and video games. Congrats on win.

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 3:25:00 AM
    Congratulations Debbie, and so true. A well deserved win here. xx

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 7:10:00 PM
    BAM! Exactly. I am so glad I read this tonight. I'm struggling right now... lots of head butting going on here. EVERYTHING is difficult. All is a stage, lol, I know. Sent you soup mail. xox Dee

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 3:19:00 PM
    I love this. I did the best I could with my kids. I fear for them still even though they are grown... my grandkids I pray incessantly for them with this world they are inheriting.

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 9:12:00 AM
    So true, so true our children are mirrors of our souls! If parents took the time out and watch their children without their children knowing they will not only see but hear what they are teaching their children BUT the parent needs to be strong enough to face what they will see and hear and not be critical towards that child but correct them gently because after all they are mimicking what their parents are doing around them. Thanks for the eye opener. Simmplissity

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 7:16:00 AM
    Hi Deb, have another look. Thanks.

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 2:48:00 AM
    Very nice Sonnet here Debi.Some lessons for the parents.But Now a days children are also teaching their parents:)Best Wishes to you.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 7:29:00 AM
    I like that song - and your poem is food for thought. I rememeber playing with toy soldiers - but I have never been in the military - lucky number in the draft during the Vietnam war. I

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