Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lessons Learned

A young boy
running through the desert

Chasing tumbleweeds
and lizards

An azure sky

Harsh sunlight
unbroken by clouds

Sticks and rocks and
strange looking bugs

Running, chasing, seeking

Look mom, I'm walking backwards

Discovery

Adventure

Until...

A chance encounter with a cactus teaches caution
.
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15 comments:

Robert said...

Oh nooooo. OUCHIE!!! Not the kind of chance encounter one hopes for. Hope he's fine now.

Robin said...

Never fear, he was. It was years ago. It happened to a friend's kid - he's actually living in CA now.

keithsramblings said...

I loved it! Bet he didn't though!

Maddy said...

Our cactus lesson is emblazoned on the memory bank too.
Cheers

Lirone said...

I think your readers were almost as surprised as the boy in question! Ouch...

Tammy said...

Oops! Adventures of the young. ;)

danni said...

great childhood lesson all wrapped up in such a nice verse - loved it --- and it gave me a giggle, too!!!

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

Ouch! So glad it was a long time ago.

But I bet it took ages to get all of those little spines out. ;)

Phyllis Sommer said...

oops! that was great, robin.

gautami tripathy said...

Part of growing up, I think..

defining boundaries

lucy said...

chance encounter of a very different kind! Like your take on this, glad to hear he is fine too. :)

Janet said...

oh ouch! I hope that didn't really happen!

CHEFDRUCK said...

Kids are always bumping into things when they get really involved in their play. It's such a shame!

Jennifer Hicks said...

I loved this! i once had a "chance encounter" with a cactus in Kmart when, at the age of 6, I decided I'd like to know what a cactus felt like, and so wrapped my hand around it! OUUUUCCCCHHHH!!

one more believer said...

oh, that reminds me of poison oak... whaz worse!!