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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 02-19-2000 08:50 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos


Rejection of a love is a rejection of a soul
Nobody can assign a price or estimate the toll
For nothing in the world comes close to causing so much pain
The spirit's been destroyed and life will never be the same

Some don't consider consequences of their selfish goals
And think a little child mind can't understand our souls
Do not be fooled by innocence, a little child is wise
He knows when love surrounds him and when love is a disguise

He senses when his life's not right, when love is growing cold
He understands our actions without ever being told
A child of only three or four is competent and wise
So evident and clear the truth in front of little eyes

And so the weight of sorrow can affect a little one
And interrupt the peacefulness of childhood dreams and fun
A little fit of anger to a child is not so small
It hurts his little tender heart and devastates us all

If one day we must change our lives, then let's not choose the worst
Consider last our selfish needs and put our children first

Elizabeth Santos

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-19-2000).]
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1 posted 02-19-2000 09:51 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Very wise words Liz...I'm an owl, I should know  
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2 posted 02-19-2000 09:53 AM       View Profile for CMGrimm   Email CMGrimm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CMGrimm

"Consider last our selfish needs and put our children first"

If only our world could live by those words...our children would have the kinds of lives that they are entitled to.

Thanks for the lovely read.


 Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.
Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 02-19-2000 09:55 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Another wonderful poem. I agree with the spirit and essence of what you wrote but sometimes little children can really get your goat. They are a mixture of angel and devil. And it's up to you to set the level.
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4 posted 02-19-2000 11:48 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

You are right Liz.  Children can see right into the heart of most matters, even though they can't put words to it.  Sometimes Sy's  "devil" is a response to what is happening to the adults in their lives.  Love the insight in this poem.
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5 posted 02-19-2000 12:28 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

This is a wonderful poem.  We have to remember that our children are the future and they learn by watching us.  Excellent Liz  
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6 posted 02-19-2000 01:52 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

They certainly do know the difference - We need to realize that people are born just as smart as they are later in life... Children are just a bit shorter and they have a lot more room in their little heads to file new input... and they do file it...

Nice work, my friend..
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7 posted 02-19-2000 01:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wonderful poem, Elizabeth! Oh, how true!

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8 posted 02-19-2000 02:03 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

I was gonna say "very wise words" but Ruth already did that when i scrolled down
Talking about basics instinct here and so well presented
Hug you

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9 posted 02-19-2000 02:07 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Our wee folk are precious and acutely receptive, and deserve to be nurtured in body and heart.

Such touching and insightful writing, Liz, thank you.
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10 posted 02-19-2000 02:25 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Liz I think this is part of the process that children go thru when their parents divorce.  The child feels rejection and feels like they are part of the problem, and of course they feel unloved and experience so many sad parts of the emotions.   Who can determine exactly how this has shaped and molded them into who they are today as an adult.  James
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11 posted 02-19-2000 02:50 PM       View Profile for Brent Hotchkin   Email Brent Hotchkin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brent Hotchkin

Absolutely right LIZ. Children see more than we think and more clearly than we know. For their hearts are not corrupted or conformed. I love your poems.
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12 posted 02-19-2000 08:20 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Elizabeth, my friend~
Very nicely done, my dear.
Rejections pain is most keenly felt
by the little minds and hearts of children.
They haven't yet learned how to process it and store it in the attic of their minds.
One day the attic becomes full ...
and the pain can start to tumble out so
quickly that they can't confront it, no matter how old they've become.

Speak kind words,
give strong positive reinforcement,
say tender, loving words so that they
may carry them forward.

Lizabeth ... this is really a keeper.

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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13 posted 02-19-2000 08:23 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent thoughts, Liz. Of course, kids would be a lot easier to deal with if they weren't so young......
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14 posted 02-19-2000 08:39 PM       View Profile for tulip   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tulip

Thanks for the reality check!  You're absolutely right, I needed to read this today!  Thanks for sharing..
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15 posted 02-19-2000 08:42 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This was a great message Liz...too many parents stay together just to say they are together for the child!! A child's mind is far beyond it's age!!! Loved this!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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16 posted 02-20-2000 06:08 PM       View Profile for cK Navarro   Email cK Navarro   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for cK Navarro

I like this one and I am totally 100 persent behind you on this liz! You are the voice of the innocent souls. Lucky the world to have someone like you around.


 God grant us serenity to accept the things we cannot change.
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17 posted 04-28-2000 06:09 AM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

So true, once again you speak a truth that it is hidden to many who have not your wisdom in their souls. Wonderful poem!

Love and hugs,

 "Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."
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