Reality Check

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What do you do with a wandering one

who only wants to play?

Who groans at the dawn of a morning sun

At the start of another day.

 

Whose goal in life, hang out with friends

And begone with the thought of toil,

To scorn advice or make amends

When self-laid plans unfurl.

 

They feign surprise when peer group frowned

On the slipshod work they do.

Friends don’t want them hanging around

To sponge off remaining few.

 

It’s only when wandering ones like this

Get reality checked one day,

And they’re taken out of their state of bliss

For their indolent life to pay.

 

But some wake up, and change their ways

To surprise of the watchers on,

The cynical doubt the wakeup stays

Ask when will the change be gone?

 

Will they once again be taken in?

It’s a question asked of old.

But some make a turn, new life begin,

And we watch the change unfold.

 

“© Copyright Ian Grice 2017 All rights reserved

 

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. I was afraid my boy would turn out like this! But he was good student today (whew)! Good job with the rhymes and rhythm, Ian.

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    1. I’m sure my own Mother had her doubts about me in my early teen years too. lol.

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      1. I would not have suspected, but then again, we are all full of stories. 😉

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  2. Eddie & Esther Norton says:

    How true!

    On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 6:25 PM, ianscyberspace wrote:

    > ianscyberspace posted: ” What do you do with a wandering one who only > wants to play? Who groans at the dawn of a morning sun At the start of > another day. Whose goal in life, hang out with friends And begone with > the thought of toil, To scorn advice or make amends ” >

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    1. It is so important to nurture and guide children. If that were to be done then most of the anti-social activities by undisciplined youth would be prevented.

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  3. Baydreamer says:

    Awesome poem and message, Ian!

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  4. Mags says:

    Hi, sweet Ian I hope you and your family are doing well. I stopped by to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope your Christmas with family and friends is a happy one, and that year 2018 is much kinder to you. 🙂

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      1. Mags says:

        Thank you my friend. Hugs

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  5. Beautifully crafted Ian. I think your kind wisdom has guided more people than you realise and now we are blessed to share your writing. Hugs Xx

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    1. What an encouragement you are Jane. Thank you!

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  6. Directionless. Such a complicated state of being. to be. Nice job, Ian.

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    1. Unfortunately there are people like that Cindy as we no doubt have met over the years. 🙂

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  7. borika45 says:

    That certainly made me do a reality check on the spot! Your talent for prose equals your talent for writing Ian.

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    1. I’m just an amateur Barb. But writing is fun isn’t it?

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  8. Eric Alagan says:

    … and happy are those that make the change, and remain so.

    Good one, Ian – you still got it 🙂

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    1. Thanks Eric, I wish it was up to your professional standard. 🙂

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