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The windowsill collects the snow. When will it stop? I cannot know. The truth seeps in - I should not go outside. I ought to do as I've been told - my mother's voice begins to scold: "Some folks have gotten ill from cold, or died." An afterthought: rules may disguise or hide life's meaning from our eyes - a test, to separate the wise from fools. Perhaps discernment is to take a deeper look for wisdom's sake, to know when to (or not to) break the rules. Some rules are meant to be kept locked: the Ten Commandments (don't be shocked), or vows one takes when one has walked the aisle. But rules deserve a second glance: to firmly hold, or look askance? I brush the snowflakes off my pants and smile. written 13 Oct 2021

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Date: 11/16/2021 3:53:00 PM
A fun poem to read and remember my childhood days and the decisions I made to follow or not to follow the ruls. Loved the rhyme scheme John. Great jobs of rhyming. Write on! Bill
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Date: 10/17/2021 7:24:00 PM
Enjoyed your reflections on rules that are meant to be locked and others, where a little wiggle leaves room for a smile. Thanks, John. Snowflakes and Sunlight, Gershon
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Date: 10/16/2021 3:56:00 PM
Just here to say hello and thanks for your lovely comments. Please let me know if I have missed any other posts of yours!!
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Date: 10/16/2021 12:09:00 AM
I like how you ponder both sides of the rule flipping coin - makes me think of a quote (I think from Oliver Wendel Holmes, but not sure) "The young man knows the rules; the old man knows the exceptions" - Hope you're enjoying your October!
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Date: 10/15/2021 2:08:00 PM
This is BRILLIANT, friend. I LOVE love love it. So amazing. A fave. God bless you - Love, Gina
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Date: 10/15/2021 2:03:00 AM
I like this John, although with rules can create an argumentative situation, so different in my younger days where respect in society was common place, and taught from an early age. Today though one is taught to question everything a part of empowering oneself. Again good poem.
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Date: 10/14/2021 11:19:00 AM
Such wisdom, John. Very beautiful the way you use a common situation and then make profound statements within your poem. Keep it up. Love seeing you back here.
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Date: 10/14/2021 8:27:00 AM
Words of wisdom fall like peal drops onto you page with poetic charm dear friend. I have been checking your page but realized like me and most people that write, we have writers block, silly muse what was she thinking, but she certainly has returned with this terrific poem. So well penned and hope that you and yours are all well. Hugs and blessings John, Jennifer.
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Date: 10/14/2021 6:27:00 AM
What a clever and creative poem that addresses the oft unpleasant topic of rules! Well done, John! :)
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