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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, September 12, 2011

I is for INNOCENCE

Last week's poem about hatred was pretty powerful, so I decided to soften things up a bit for this week. What with the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and all the ceremonies and remembrances of that evil act, I would rather focus on something more gentle. Innocence can be defined as freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil. Who among us can honestly say they are like that. In my opinion, the only innocents are children, those too young to be tainted by the sins of the world. Search your hearts...are you truly an innocent?

INNOCENCE

Innocence is baby blue and petal pink.
It looks like a coat of soft silver mink.
It sounds like the baa of a lamb in the crèche.
It smells like perfume, powdery fresh.
It tastes like cherry Jell-O eaten with glee.
It feels like the sting of a skinny skinned knee.
Innocence is childlike purity
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PS: My photo taken this summer at Diefenbaker Park.

29 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

I must say that I love the rhyme of crèche and fresh. It's very Steven Sondheim.

Kay L. Davies said...

Delightful photo to go with your poem, too, Leslie.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Shrinky said...

Oh, I lost my innocence many decades ago (but I sure had a lot of fun in the doing so..)!!

Such a sweet and heart-warming poem, I do so enjoy these posts of yours.

Lisa said...

I'm glad your post in lieu of the 9/11 anniversary focuses on genteelness instead of hatred. Lovely proem.

Meryl said...

I love your poem and your inspiring use of alliteration! Thanks for the smile I leave with.

Carver said...

Wonderful poem and illustration.

photowannabe said...

A beautiful, gentle poem.
It feels like music when I read it.
Your photo is stunning.
Its an absolutely perfect choice for your Innocence poem.

Nanka said...

Delightful post and a lovely picture!! Love the Innocence!!

capturedalive said...

Reminds of Return to Innocence by Enigma...

Pheno, ABCW Team

Karen said...

A lovely poem! Ah yes, I remember cherry jello.

Jo Bryant said...

i'm on the hunt for cherry jello now

Wanda said...

This is lovely...we all need to regain our innocence and live pure and upright lives as is humanly possible.

I love your words, and the picture is perfect.

Jane and Chris said...

In an echo of Wanda's comment...I believe we all have innocence in some form...we should show it more often...it's endearing.
Jane x

Tumblewords: said...

Perfect! This piece sings of innocence and purity.

chubskulit said...

I agree, innocence can only describe of that of the children. Very interesting post Leslie.

Powell River Books said...

Sometimes I wish I could go back to a time of innocence. - Margy

Hildred and Charles said...

Lovely post, Leslie. Is it the innocence of children that charms us so, and draws us to them?

Reader Wil said...

Your photo is very nice. On my I-pad I couldn't read your beautiful poem, as it was hidden under a black stripe, but on my laptop I can. It's exactly what innocence must be.
Innocence is a beautiful word. Thank you for sharing.

Gattina said...

Never thought of this word ! nice poeme too !

banjack said...

It's so beautiful photo.
I thought it was a painting.

Gigi Ann said...

Lovely poem, so much said in so few words.

Francisca said...

No, I'm not innocent. But neither am I guilty. Somewhere in between, like most of us, hey? Lovely poem and photo, Leslie.

the cuby poet said...

I do like your photo there is a lot in it. Poem is all innocence and gentle so refreshing in the crazy world we inhabit.

Joy said...

Nice rhyming scheme. Love the photo it is has a Pre-Raphaelite feel to it.

Kim, USA said...

And I get mad to these people who easily pluck the innocence of others. Very beautiful poem, a great one.

I am In

Paula Scott said...

What a great way to balance out the anniversary of 9-11. A perfect poem that most definitely captures what innocence is.

Liz said...

I especially like the sting of a skinny skinned kne.

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