Saturday, April 30, 2011

#Poemaday 30: Be Careful

Wow, I am so excited that I have made it to the end of the month! It has been a delightful challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

So here is today's offering in response to such a stirring photo.  Thanks to Bud Hunt for all of the inspiration this month.

Be Careful
Be careful, young man, of the footprints you make.
They leave a path for others to follow
and a map of where you have been.

Be careful, young man, of the shadows you cast.
They stretch and shrink with the sun
but they are always shaped by you.

Be careful, young man, of the water's edge you walk.
Some waves can inspire you toward the horizon;
others will tempt you, then tug you under.

Be careful, young man, of words like these.
They are the truth of a life foolishly, wonderfully lived,
and nothing could be better.


Royalteas said...

Mrs Elliott, I've been reading your poems all month, and they are absolutely FABULOUS! I love poetry so much, it is something I've recently discovered that I'm actually good at and thoroughly enjoy. When I heard you talk about this challenge, I took it on myself, but on a smaller scale. In the last month, I've written quite a few poems on varying topics. I'll be putting somein my senior memoir book. Can't wait to get your feedback on them!
-meredith kline

Stephanie said...


Thank you for the kind words! I didn't have time to give any feedback on your memoir poems. If you want to email me some, I'd love to spend some more time with them!