If a Child

Friday, January 28, 2011

If a child never sees beauty,
If a child never hears kindness,
If a child never feels compassion,
If a child is never touched,
If a child solely experiences abuse,
If a child never knows faith,
However, if a child is denied

If a child never sees beauty, then as an adult the world will be gray.
If a child never hears kindness, then it as an adult will become deaf to words.
If a child never feels compassion, then as an adult can it be humane?
If a child is never touched, then as an adult will become a void.
If a child solely experiences abuse, is that not all it will give?
If a child never knows faith, can he truly have hope?
However, if a child is denied…

The beauty of a book,
The kindness of a “Thank You,”
The compassion of a hug,
The tenderness of a tear,
The fear of the fist,
That ray of light which drives us all through the darkness,
What truly have we nurtured?
Have we nurtured?

If by chance a child does receive all that is good about nurturing, and yet is stifled because of social status; then possibly we, as a society have failed at parenting?

We as writers, all want our works to reach the world. We want our books to be read and cherished, we want our words to be held and quoted. Can we achieve this if social status dictates who has the ability to read them?

Sorry, my soap box for the weekend. I am appalled at news bits here in the US that seems as though we are still living in the 50’s. That we have yet to grow past bigotry, that the land of the free is only free if you are white, think like everyone else and know exactly where your social place is.

Any who…

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this picture?

I hope everyone has a wonderful, warm, dry weekend and I see you here again Monday.



Melissa Bradley said, 

Beautiful and true words. I have four nephews and some of the things I hear coming out of the mouths of my fellow Americans makes me so angry and sad.

Smiled at the pic. Makes me think of the moving truck I saw yesterday "Moving you cross country from Seattle, Washington to Cleveland, Oiho"

Have a great weekend. :)

January 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

Love the photo of the children. And what you wrote is so very true, Jules. I've pretty much stopped listening to the news - it's too depressing.

January 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Beautiful yet sad.
And I wouldn't be caught dead in a pink taxi!

January 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Matthew Rush said, 

Lovely in a sort of bittersweet kind of way. Very true as well.

January 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Summer Ross said, 

a touching thoughtful piece-

a pink cab that says yellow- gee I wouldn't have any idea whats wrong with that picture! LOL

January 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Roland D. Yeomans said, 

A great evocative, thought-provoking post. Rats, I thought you'd might enter the NO FEAR blogfest today, Roland

January 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

WONDERFUL post about a sad, but true message about the negative effects on our children and our your society STILL in 2011!!

I love your soap box, Jules.. hope you have room to scoot over a little & let me on too!!

Love you my friend! Have a Wonderful weekend!!!
Coreen xoxoxoxo

January 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM  
Angela Felsted said, 

What a great post, such beautiful words. I can feel your passion.

January 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Kittie Howard said, 

I share your angst and your passion. Try as I might, I can't wrap my head about some of the stuff going on...I mean, kids who can't read, kids who are hungry...they grow into adults barely hanging on. I sometimes think too many people are waiting to see if Eisenhower will run for a second term.

Thanks for sharing!

January 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

AWESOME post. So awesome I put clothes on to do the happy prospector dance....... THIS TIME =)

January 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
Carolyn Abiad said, 

Maybe the driver is colorblind? Lol. :)

Thanks for your lovely piece about children. I've been here and I've been there and I agree, we still have a long way to go before we really get anywhere!

January 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

This was so compassionate Jules and also true,, an excellent write.

Have a good week-end.


January 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Teresa aka JW said, 

Exactly. I was thinking on my way home for lunch, Why don't parents take care of their children?

January 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Paula said, 

Jules, you are so very compassionate. It is so very true what you wrote and my Inner Child can relate to this far to well. Yet it is a relation of the past...
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

January 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Tracy said, 

Awww, that was really sweet~ thank you for that bright spot in my day!

January 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Beautiful, but sad, post.

So much for cabs being yellow!

January 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Karen Lange said, 

Making me think on a Friday...this is a good thing. :) And yes, I'd say the color of the Yellow Cab is slightly off.
Happy weekend!

January 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
iZombie said, 

jules, i sense you want to wrestle my crazy part of me :)

January 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
M Pax said, 

Maybe the cab owner wears tinted glasses.

January 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Tammy said, 

Oh, don't get me started! I work with children. One quick fact: in my area, where I was warned that there was a "good ol' boy" attitude in the family courts, I was the ONLY one during my 3 year divorce who brought up what was best for the (then middle school-aged) children. The only one. Shameful. Shame, shame, shame, Missouri.

January 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Tara said, 

*Sigh* So true.

Have a great weekend.

January 28, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
floweringmama said, 

"that the land of the free is only free if you are white, think like everyone else and know exactly where your social place is"

... and male
Cathy @ Country Cathy

January 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Jemi Fraser said, 

Kids should grow up with joy and laughter and confidence and love. It breaks my heart when it is otherwise.

January 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Olivia J. Herrell said, 

Hi Jules. I love your soap boxes. And your pink Yellow Cab.

Have a great weekend! that rebel, Olivia

January 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said, 

kudos to you!! I have nothing to add... only that the yellow cab in your picture is a perfect representation of your words: can it be called yellow even if it is purple? can I be white because of my skin color or could the title be denied because I was not born in the USA? are more people getting color blind lately?? Have a great weekend!!

January 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

It breaks my heart to think of all the neglected children. I hope I'm giving my own kids what they need.

And thanks for the pink... yellow cab.

January 28, 2011 at 11:43 PM  
Flying high in the sky.... said, 

beautiful and thought provoking post!! the pink-yellow cab was good :) !!!

January 29, 2011 at 1:09 AM  
Amie Kaufman said, 

Beautiful and thought provoking, thank you.

January 29, 2011 at 3:58 AM  
Holly said, 

Touching post, Jules!!
Praying that our children make a better world tomorrow than was made for today... It saddens me when I meet a misguided child... meet the parent... and SEE where it came from! *sigh* We gotta' do BETTER, people!


January 29, 2011 at 6:23 AM  
The Good Wifehold said, 

Food for thought, Jules. Thank you. Education is the key. TGW

January 29, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

All so very true, Jules. I grew up in the Fifties. Yes, bigotry then, before all the riots. Some good changes since then, but the "bad" still remains, and where violence is concerned seems to be getting worse.

Love the photo. A right-on picture can say so much more than words!

And thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm glad you like my snow poem.
Ann Best, Author

January 29, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Paula said, 

Passing by to show some love. xxx

January 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said, 

Oh... That's a beautiful poem, and so true. As a social worker I very much understand your message.

Jules, thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet message. I'm glad to know that you have also been to Cozumel. It's funny, I just found out today that my post was featured on a tourism website... :-D


January 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Lynda Young said, 

We need to nurture our children and teach them carefully so the world will change for the better.

BTW That's the best yellow cab I've ever seen.

January 31, 2011 at 12:26 AM  
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