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Children grow wise from the things they are taught;
finding encouragement matters a lot!

Take, for example, a positive word;
'YES' is encouraging when it is heard.
Reach for the sky; do the best that you can---
whether a child or a woman or man.
Confidence lies in belief in oneself,
coming alive, getting off of life's shelf.
Thinking that's positive lends quite a boost---
often it's triggered, at times self-induced.

'NO' firmly voiced in a downgrading tone
silences one who has heard 'NO' alone.
Reason or rhyme matters not to a child
who has been labeled, denied, and just filed---
hampered by negatives, told he's not best,
set up for failure behind all the rest.
How could its impact relay such distress
not even 'sorry' would offer redress?

What is the crux of this message you've heard?
Who would have thought? It's a simple, short word.

~ ~ ~ ~

Dedicated to all the everyday
heroes and heroines who
encourage the world's
children to reach for the stars.

By Peggy Paris

© 2008 Peggy Paris (All rights reserved)

 

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This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


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This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


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This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


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This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


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This Poem is part of a Challenge: All STARS - Who Would Have Thought (challenge has been closed)


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