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More Spring Cleaning…Revisiting the Past (Part III)

April 11, 2012

Yes, it’s been another afternoon of going through piles of papers…and among them, was this…a short foray into poetry, by yours truly:

“Remember When…”

It used be enough to just color outside the lines?

Then they said you had to stay inside.

It used to be enough to use a #2 pencil to erase mistakes,

Then they said you had to use pen.

It used to be enough to play for fun,

Then you found out what it felt like to win.

It used to be enough to just show up and sit down,

Then you became the teacher.

It used to be enough to hold your ideas lightly, loosely, to modify and change,

Then you became the expert.

It used to be enough to watch the marshmallows melt into cups of deep, chestnut hot chocolate, until they were only wisps,

Then you stopped having the time to watch. 

It used to be enough to put a wooden spoon under your pillow and turn your pajamas inside out,

Then you became the “Snow Day” phone chain.

It used to be enough to shut your bedroom door and drown out the world,

Then the world learned how to turn the handle.

It used to be enough to have someone else tell you you were fine,

And then you became the judge.

Now, there is no “enough.” 

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