The Children’s Primer

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When I change my life
things will be better
for I will be smarter.

I will have learned
to be nice to myself
and tell me how good I am
and then I can tell you
how good you are.
And together we will make
the world better.

When I change my life
and I am smarter
I will know my gifts
were given for me to use
and if I choose to use them
to make life better,
it is not a waste.

When I change my life
for a new one,
I will have another chance
to love, to feel,  to laugh
and to stretch my psychic bones
and shout to the world
a hello again.

When I change my life,
I will remember
what made my life sad
and not to do it again
and what made me glad,
remember to do that again.

I will remember
why you cried
and why you went hungry.
I will remember
we are two haves
and I will share what I have
and you will too.

It will be a better world
for my body will be new
and will not hurt.
I can say that because I know
if daffodils get many chances
to come up new
and mushrooms,  too,

am I not worthy of another chance?

Sept.  1999

About Veronica Hallissey

Veronica Hallissey has been writing since the 1960s, with her poetry published in a variety of small press magazines. Born into a farm family in Lockport, NY, and educated at the University of Buffalo and other midwest institutions, she brings and unusual point-of-view to her poetry, combining strong natural images with a deep spiritual language. She lives in St. Johns, FL.

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4 Responses to The Children’s Primer

  1. Jessica January 24, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Very beautiful, puts things into prospective for me – I was just thinking about a new start, and this was nice to confirm some of my ideas.

  2. veronicahallissey January 24, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Jessica, the beauty of the written word is that it can have various meaning to whomever reads the work. And no one can dispute the meaning. It is yours. Thank you for commenting.

  3. maria wulf January 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    This makes my heart feel soft. It’s like lotion on dry skin.

  4. veronicahallissey January 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Maria, Comments are what keep the artist, no matter the venue, keeping on keeping on. That what is propelled from the heart will have meaning. Thank you for commenting.

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