Friendly Warning

Steeped in amniotic fluids,
ejected from maternal womb –
dropped into parents’ environment.

Simmered in their care, their beliefs,
their modeling behaviors and aspirations.
Children grow roots where they are planted.
Tend your garden wisely.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.

Today Bjorn hosts OLN LIVE from Sweden, from 3 to 4 PM Boston time. Click here between 3 and 4 PM EST for the link to join us live with audio and video. Come read a poem of your own or come just to listen. The more the merrier!

14 thoughts on “Friendly Warning

  1. sanaarizvi March 16, 2023 / 2:35 pm

    “Children grow roots where they are planted,”… oh yes absolutely! Stunning write, Lillian ❤️❤️❤️


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) March 16, 2023 / 2:39 pm

    And some children will grow and flourish independently of soil, while others will find it hard in the best of soils.
    They say there are dandelion children and orchid children.


  3. merrildsmith March 16, 2023 / 4:17 pm

    Good advice, Lillian!
    My niece and I were talking about how people don’t seem to know how to behave in public anymore–the lessons they are teaching!


  4. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES March 16, 2023 / 5:21 pm

    Volunteer plants often do the best. I have the word amniotic in my poem today.


  5. rothpoetry March 16, 2023 / 5:45 pm

    A good word of advice! Good to see you on meeting today!


  6. Grace March 16, 2023 / 6:55 pm

    Wonderful warning Lillian. We have to be careful with the nurturing and be mindful of our actions as well.


  7. Helen March 16, 2023 / 7:09 pm

    What an absolute treat watching and listening as you read this lovely tidbit of wisdom. Feel better soon,


  8. sdtp33 March 16, 2023 / 9:09 pm

    Sound advice Lilian, delivered with a poetic economy of words!


  9. Brendan March 17, 2023 / 5:00 am

    Something a parent carries from that, the ability to say “you weren’t raised like that!” ‘Tis powerful both ways.


  10. Sabio Lantz March 17, 2023 / 6:20 am

    Very good advise. A huge responsibility and honor.


  11. Gillena Cox March 17, 2023 / 7:25 am

    Happy St Patrick’s Day.
    Hope you are having a nicer day today. Thanks for reading your poem to us yesterday.



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