Nursery Rhyme For A Twenty-First Birthday

You cannot see the walls that divide your hand
From his or hers or mine when you think you touch it.

You cannot see the walls because they are glass,
And glass is nothing until you try to pass it.

Beat on it if you like, but not too hard,
For glass will break you even while you break it.

Shout, and the sound will be broken and driven backwards,
For glass, though clear as water, is deaf as granite.

This fraudulent inhibition is cunning: wise men
Content themselves with breathing patterns on it.


Submitted by Stephen Fryer

by Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

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i like how you question your readers in some of your poems not many do that and it is great by itself
wonderful poem. It hits a little on philosophy(sp?) , with the thought of thinking i love thinking about that. Not just the thousht of thinking yet the being of thinking and that we do nothing without thinkings moving involves thinking so does breathing. It all revilves round thinking and your poem comes to that point in a way. Thinking is the most powerful action in the world, or at least i think so. Nothing can happen without thinking leading up to it, you have to think to kill, you have to think to comitt a crime, you also have to think to love, and think to be alive and to do anything. Great poem i really do love it.
Thinking is never a waste of time unless you are thinking only of harming others. It is not thinking that is wrong. Thinking is just that a thing. It is what you are thinking about that is the right or wrong. Your conscience will answer that for you. If you have no conscience. Then thinking is a dangerous thing. In that case, you have no choice but to reveal your thoughts to others. GW62
JUST READ. YES, YOU HAVE A UNIQUE TALENT BLOOMING, MY DEAR. YOU HAVE A QUESTIONING MIND. EMBRACE YOURSELF AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. IT'S FUN TO WONDER WHY, BUT DON'T LET OUTSIDE INFLUENCES BE A CONSTANT THORN IN YOUR SIDE. EXAMINE, PLACE A VALUE ON YOUR THOUGHTS/WANTS AND OPT TO ACT WHEN IT WILL BE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST, YES? DON'T FORGET THAT OUR HORMONES DON'T LEVEL OFF/MATURE UNTIL WE ARE IN OUR MID-TWENTIES. THESE ARE THE TRIAL YEARS IN ONE'S LIFE. THAT'S WHY THOSE FOUR OR MORE YEARS IN COLLEGE ARE A SAFETY NET. YOUR LIFE IS ORGANIZED AND YOU HAVE THAT GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO TEST YOURSELF BEFORE SETTING OFF INTO THE WORLD. THANKS FOR SHARING! CAROL