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Corinne
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0 posted 03-28-2000 04:44 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Corinne

Stuffed

The ideals of the world today,
the penalty we all pay,
is to overlook the who
and why of our existence.

This picture of grown up life
embedded in us as children
of the dream American,
was it all a huge mistake?

The keepiní up with the Jonesís
this mania with amassing stuff,
is it really any wonder
why we feel so unfulfilled?

Wasn't it supposed to be above love?
About taking care of each other?
About giving? The golden rule, all that?

Pondering this, as my daughter
plays with her Barbies,
and my son plays Pokemon
and I sit here playing with my Ďputer.


© 2000 CM Bailey

© Copyright 2000 Corinne - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth
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1 posted 03-28-2000 06:01 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Good points made here, Corinne. I for one am not much for keeping up with the Joneses, but it seems today that not everyone has that same feeling. By the way, the ending made me smile.  

Elizabeth


 "He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!"
-The Crucible

Parker
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2 posted 03-28-2000 07:47 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Its a never ending battle keeping up with the Jonesís. Country life its simpler, Jonesís live further away, family gets closer
.......... On the other hand, city life and the Jonesís gives us something to do, we can beat them.  


Parker

That last line made me laugh too.

Lone Wolf
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Corinne,
Well put...I loved the end!!  Love is really where the true wealth lies.  You can't buy that.

 Friends are friend forever if the Lord's the Lord of them and a friend will not say never cause the welcome will not end.
--Michael W. Smith
Corinne
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4 posted 03-28-2000 08:47 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Thank you, Elizabeth, Parker, and Lone Wolf.

Corinne
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5 posted 03-28-2000 09:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Great poem, Corinne! Keeping up with the Jones's can be very tiring and unfulfilling.

Denise
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6 posted 03-28-2000 10:35 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

Corinne~
Good points made here, hon.
Yes ... we've come far ...
but not so far that love can't
come with us.
~*Marge*~


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Nan
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7 posted 03-29-2000 07:22 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I think at one point, we had "Game Boy", "Super Nintendo" and the computer going - No one had to relate to anyone else...

This week we've been watching the movie "Little Women" in class.  I've had the kids take careful note that this was written in a time when there was no electricity... never mind any of our modern conveniences... They simply haven't a clue..

Nice job here, Cor...   
Elizabeth Santos
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8 posted 03-29-2000 07:32 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Our life is what we make it. We can have pokeymon and keep him in his place. (says she at the computer ? hours a day)
Loved the poem
Liz
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9 posted 03-29-2000 08:36 AM       View Profile for Tess   Email Tess   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tess's Home Page   View IP for Tess

A thought provoking poem, and maybe one which unfortunately too many of us can relate to

 "Love is the only drug you can take that will convince you each time
that you've never had it before."
~author unknown~


Corinne
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10 posted 03-29-2000 09:53 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Thank you Denise, Marge, Liz and Tess,
it's something I'm wrestling with at present.
Changing courses in my life and hoping to simplify the material aspects in order to greater appreciate all other aspects. Hopefully, able to pass this on to the kids, but bad habits form early, don't they?

It came to a climax when I overheard three moms in my town exhuberantly discussing a new diningroom set - for what seemed liked 20 minutes!  I thought to myself:  "get a life!" And then I remembered that I too live in this town and that we are a generation taught to pursue the mighty buck, to have the house, the cars, the 401Ks, to give your kids everything the other kids have...

Corinne
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11 posted 03-29-2000 11:28 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

This one makes you think...
RAM
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12 posted 03-29-2000 06:00 PM       View Profile for RAM   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RAM

So many good thoughts, here, Corinne and all y'all.  

I succeeded, in little ways, in keeping my daughters' lives simpler than most of their friends'.  But, relative to the frugality I grew up with, and was comfortable with, my 2 daughters grew up in a pretty affluent life style.  I have often wondered if I did them a disservice by not mixing a bit more frugality/simplicity into their lives.  But, recently, they've proven my concerns to be largely unfounded.  VBS  I am blessed.  I am blessed, in fact, with 3 beautiful women in my life.

Rick

[This message has been edited by RAM (edited 03-30-2000).]
Corinne
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Thank you, Hoot!

RAM -

then you are truly blessed, sir!

Corinne
 
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