Saturday, September 29, 2007

Powerful: Sunday Scribblings


As an infant, we have the power to induce love and tenderness
in the toughest of men and women.

As a young child, we have the power to soar in the sky,
to slay dragons, to travel back and forth in time.

As a teenager, we feel powerless against the combined
forces of parents, teachers and society.

As a young adult, we feel heady with the power to
do whatever, whenever, however, wherever.

As a parent, we lose all power to that infant we create,
to the child we raise, to the teen who rebels against us.

As the elderly, we have all the power to soar in the sky,
to slay dragons, to travel back and forth in time.


I’m not feeling very powerful of late. While I feel quite old, today in particular, I’ve not yet attained the status of elderly and so I lack the power they possess.


[Do harness the power of fellow
Sunday Scribblers and check out their posts.]

18 comments:

Jo said...

Yep, ain't this just the case! I liked it very much.....simple but so profound. Nicely written too!

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Yep, Jo is right about well written, but then, so is every post on your site. I feel more powerful when I realize my own powerlessness. I feel more freedom when I take my hands off the steering wheel, and just enjoy the ride! But then, I have a tendency to be a little slap happy. :))

Ann

PS. I wonder where the expression "slap happy" came from? I'll have to look up what I just said. LOL!

Herb Urban said...

As a parent of a toddler who is currently refusing to nap, I am feeling completely devoid of power.

Wonderful take on the prompt. How I wish I could go slay some dragons about now.

Robin said...

That both sums up the cycle of life beautifully and succinctly, and gives me something to look forward to in my dotage.

Steve said...

There is a lot of truth here.
well Done

gautami tripathy said...

That made me pauseand think. Very well written and filled with wisdom.

Liza's Eyeview said...

A well done poem ...

... and so true - each stage of life comes with a power unique to that stage. very clever thoughts and poem.

Crafty Green Poet said...

very insightful, I'm looking forward to dragon slaying when I'm older then!

Jeni said...

Well while I do have the "power" to flip back and forth between past and present -mostly past these days -I doubt I'll ever figure out how to slay dragons and power, well it definitely ain't happening here - not yet anyway. Maybe tomorrow or the next day or next week or year -hopefully I'll be around long enough to acquire a bit of that substance. Right now, I think all the concessions I'm having to make to a certain little Princess are sapping me dry - bone dry -most days.

allrileyedup said...

That was a very cool Sunday Scribbling! I miss those days of young adult power. Sometimes.

tumblewords said...

Nice post - full of truth and no small amount of fear.

Maria said...

I sometimes feel all of those things at once.....

ana said...

So true. I love the style of writing, so simple and so powerful...factual in a poetic way..:)

mitzh said...

This is lovely and so very true, indeed.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful post! The wisdom of each line was just beautiful.

forgetfulone said...

What a wonderful post! Unfortunately, I am at the powerless stage. Poor me. But my power will return eventually. You reminded me of that. I really enjoyed your presentation of the topic.

raymond pert said...

I like the way this is you own take on Jacques' seven ages of man speech in "As You Like It".

jenica said...

this is beautiful! sorry, i'm a week late in commenting on it! i've surrendered all of my power.

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