Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stay Away

image: Uzengia Aleksander NedicStay away,
      Alice, dear.
You won't like
      things down here.
Go back home.
      Sing some song.
Don't look down.
      Walk along.

Little girl,
      little child,
Up there in
      world so wild,
Don't come here.
      Stay away,
Lest you find
      fame some day.

How much better to get wisdom than gold!

To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
(Proverbs 16:16 ESV)

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Brian Miller said...

ha fame will certainly spoil the child...we have seen that play out again and again...i had thought alice as well initially but went dorothy

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm late I'm late... fun write!

Brandee Shafer said...

I love this! I turned into a rabbit, too. Only Brer. :)

Helen said...

Very nice ... down the rabbit hole hanging onto her parachute skirt!!

Sue said...

A nice little warning to all of the Alices out there.


Carrie Burtt said...

If only they would listen....and not have to learn it for themselves the hard way.....a wise write Jim!!! :-)

Jim Swindle said...

Brian Miller, yes, fame's dangerous.
Tess Kincaid, thanks for the image prompt, and thanks for the encouragement.
Brandee Shafer, welcome. I'm eager to read what you said about Brer.

Jim Swindle said...

Helen, I hadn't thought of the skirt as a parachute. Good thought.
Sue and Carrie Burtt, thanks for the encouragement.

Dave King said...

Great - but they never take your advice.

Mara said...

The three syllable format in this poem makes for a fun read because of the "quick" rhythm.

I enjoyed the little tale, and the bible verse ties-in nicely. :)

Mara said...

BTW, you're welcomed to visit my poetry blog:

Roy Schulze said...
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Roy Schulze said...

A clever allusion to a literary standard. My late Magpie is Lifesaver.

Tony Jacoby said...

Wow i like this:)