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Button Your LIp

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Button Your LIp


"Button your lip!" my mother used to say
I can hear her voice to this very day

Back then we were seen and not heard
You'd better not say even one more word

And if the message was still not clear
Shed reinforce with a swat to the rear

"Button you lip", my dear dad never said
He'd just stammer and his face would turn red

I'm told I was always a "mouthy" girl
Perhaps that's why I give poetry a whirl.....








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  1. Date: 2/8/2013 8:56:00 AM
    NO, not YOU Barbara!...'Mouthy?'...Frankly I'm shocked to learn this...My pop was the disciplinarian in our family and he never waited for us to 'button our lips' but went directly to (multipile) swats on the rear ...Funny stuff and congratulations - Tim

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 1:00:00 PM
    This made me chuckle and smile. Congrats on your win. Love those "mouthy" girls!! :) Tanya

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 12:11:00 PM
    Great way that you went with the challenge..I enjoyed the history that I remember very well..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 7:37:00 AM
    A beautiful poem here Barbara!Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 12:40:00 PM
    My Dearest Most Only beLOVEd, Barbara, Congratulations on Your Well Deserved Poem"Button Your Lip" Winning in Blackeyed Susan's Contest "Buttons". Is "Button Your Lip" anything like "I'll slap that Smile off your face? Superb Pen LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER, YOURS for the Eons of Forever...Harry

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:07:00 AM
    Congrats Barbara and I'm glad you put down your wordyness to poetry xxx

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 10:08:00 PM
    Barbra.. :-) congratulations on your well deserved winning poem. Have yourself a good night* always & forever. P.D.

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 6:15:00 PM
    Barb congrats on your win. I can't believe there was so many different stories of buttons that unfolded in this contest. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 6:05:00 PM
    Lucky for us that you were so mouthy. Congratulations on your interpretation of the contest and your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Such a cute poem, and yes.....I do believe I have been told "button your lip" a time or two!! ("Who me"????? She asks........innocently!!)??? Great job, Barbara!!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 12:50:00 PM
    So many great poems with the theme "Buttons" - everyday things - Each one with different ideas ..... many different "Buttons". - Congratulations on your winning poem,Barbara! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 10:42:00 AM
    LOL, funny take --great win!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:52:00 AM
    a nice interpretation for the contest - congrats!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Cute!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:18:00 AM
    Glad you did give it a whirl Barbara and congratulations on your win xx

  1. Date: 1/25/2013 7:36:00 PM
    Well it's working for you poetry. Nicely done Barb. Good luck on the contest. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 1/23/2013 11:32:00 AM
    Nice job yourself, Barbara. Have a wonderful day.

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 11:34:00 PM
    Love love love!

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 7:55:00 AM
    And what a blessing that turned out to be Barbara xx

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 7:52:00 AM
    Dear Barbara, Keep being “mouthy” I would like to enjoy more writings like this. Charming work with a lot of truth in it. Thank you

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