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Carvings in the Words of Life

Language, music, literature, visual arts . . . nothing more thoroughly captures the full range of human emotion. Songs and poems can transport us back
through time and space to where they first made an impression on our psyche.
We can almost feel the air and smell the fragrances of that moment again.
Literature, especially poetry, seeks to somehow sculpt those feelings into
words. Thus, Wordcarvings.

Firstly, thanks to my wonderful cousin, Karen, for her kind comments on my little
wordcarvings. I had put some of them on another site, and when she said she enjoyed them,
I was motivated to buy the Wordcarvings domain and put them here. Some of the carvings are
amatuerish and juvenile – but they are a picture of the moment they were penned. Some are
decent, perhaps even good. You can decide for yourself what you like or dislike.

Wordcarvings are written as a kind of ‘catharsis,’ where the feelings inside pour over onto the
page. As such, some of the better ones come from times of intense emotion, when it cannot be contained within.
While one wordcarving may not speak to your spirit, another might touch your soul. Such is life – we are each unique with unique histories and experiences; yet, in many ways, we share common feelings, wants, needs, and desires – the desire for love, friendship, health, human connection, among others.

Much of what is here is my own creation; some is contributed by others; and, there will be a few of the classics that I personally enjoy which will share their own page. Everything on this site retains the copyrights of the original author(s). If something you read here speaks to your soul and you want to share it, cite or acknowledge the source.

What a New World!
After my cousin’s son was born, these words fell down into my mind as I imagined the future of watching a child grow up and how life as a parent becomes a brand new world. With small edits, it can be shared for a baby girl, or for a single parent. ‘Where did the years go?’

Wow! What a New World!
From hugs and kisses
And morning sickness,
Then beaming proudly
To be a new mommy;
Daddy’s happy
Changing diapies —
Oh, Wow!
What a new world!

Waking at night
To feed the baby,
Dreaming that he might
Someday, maybe
Become the Pres,
Or maybe “First Hubby” —
Oh, Wow!
What a great new world!

First words and steps,
Recorded and kept;
First bruises and bumps,
And measles or mumps;
And then it’s off to school . . .

Report card day —
All “A”s — Hooray!
And, before you know it,
He’s on his first date —
“Dad, can I borrow the car?”

“Gee, is it Prom Night?
Already? Well, all right.
I guess just this once
You can stay out past midnight…
Where did the years go?
Our baby is all grown!
We done good
I know he’ll go far!”

And, then off to college
To add to his knowledge.
Tuition and rooming
Sure lighten the wallet!
But you know it was worth it
When they march to “Aida,”
And shout, “It’s a great new world!”

And, on the way home,
As you hold hands, alone,
And smile
As the mem’ries unfurl,
Realization sinks in,
And you get a big grin —
“Whew! What a great new world!”

— ©06/1987 BRWalker

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