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A Lesson Learned

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A Lesson Learned

In my very first apartment,
Found in long-ago December,
Was an A/C in the window,
Which I clearly can remember.

Since the occupant was moving,
She encouraged me to buy it;
But the fifty dollars that she asked – 
I couldn’t justify it.

I figured she’d just leave it there,
For she was southern-bound
And surely in her brand-new digs,
An A/C would be found.

But no, she ripped it from the sill
To show me who was boss;
And smack inside of winter’s chill,
I didn’t feel the loss.

I shrugged it off ‘til summer came,
Then I was bathed in sweat;
So thinking back on what I did
Infused me with regret.

For twenty bucks, I bought a fan,
Bemoaning all the while
The fact that for a little more,
I could have cooled in style.

Mistakes allow us to mature
And wisdom may emerge.
The lesson that I learned is that
At times you’ve gotta splurge!

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  1. Date: 7/11/2013 9:24:00 PM
    Scripted with impeccable flow and rhyming... a cautionary tale about knowing the difference between thrifty vs 'spendthrifty!' BRAVO Ilene!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 7:08:00 PM
    So true Ilene! Great write! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 3:12:00 PM
    I feel like one of the luckiest people on earth to get to read your poems. Can't believe more people dont visit your site. Truly, their loss. This is exquisite. Enjoyed!

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 12:22:00 PM
    Hmm...good lesson learnt :)).Enjoyed the story very much ilene.