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Exceptions disregard the rules
Like neither’s “i” and “e”
Or smokers who refuse to quit
And live to ninety-three.

Cops who park illegally
As if they were allowed
And those who pass the velvet ropes
That won’t admit the crowd.

Parents who refuse vaccines
For reasons none too clear
And A-list folk for whom a table
Seems to just appear.

There’s an expectation that 
From rules, some will depart;
Exceptions, though, remind us that
What’s fair plays little part.


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  1. Date: 3/4/2015 10:00:00 PM

    I totally agree with your poem Ilene. That is one of the most difficult lessons I had to teach my children was that life isn't always fair! Great little poem!
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 7:49:00 PM

    Yes indeed: "Whoever said that life was fair?"....a famous quote we've all heard too many times. And you remind us, ever so gently, of its truth.
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 3:23:00 PM

    love your reasoning here Ilene - and it irks to see one rule for one one rule for another especially where status and fame are involved - the final stanza is oh so true! :-) Hugs jan xx
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 2:53:00 PM

    I don't understand parents who refuse to vaccinate their child...fabulous Ilene...hugs Tim
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 2:50:00 PM

    Some smokers do live long lives - life is partly a game of luck. My mother and sister both quit smoking and I was only a once - in - a - while cigar smoker. I plan on buying some humantashen later today. Happy Purim to you and yours! B'Shalom Matthew
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 1:43:00 PM

    A very good idea for a poem Ilene.
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 11:23:00 AM

    A delightfully deep and full of truth poem, dear Ilene. However there is no exception to the "rule" that of mortality! Ha-ha! Great poem.