When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Starting Over

Linking up today with Mama Kat's for her weekly "Writer's Workshop".   The rules are simple.  Just pick your prompt, write, and link up.  I picked number 4.  A poem about starting over.  Hope to see you there!

This weeks prompts:
1.) Write about a time you got in BIG trouble as a kid.
2.) Not your mother's daughter...how do you parent differently than your mother did? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
3.) Photo Story: Share photos of your most recent trip to the beach (maybe an excuse to go!).
4.) Write a poem about starting over.
5.) Your top 10 Summer Don'ts.

Starting Over
by Patricia A. Pitterle

The baby
Just learning to walk
Takes one step
And then another.
Toddling out
Across the floor
I hold my breath
As she stumbles and falls
I help her up,
Stand her steady,
Step away,
And she
Starts over,
Once again.

The child
Starts to run
In her first event
At the school track meet.
On your mark,
Get set,
She is off!
Running like the wind
Down the track.
Every other young woman
Speeding up and soon,
Passing her by.
I hold my breath
As she continues
On the path,
Traveling the distance
And arriving home,
At last.
She may be in
The back of the pack,
But she is ready
To start over
And try again.

A woman,
Standing in her room,
Staring in her mirror
At the person she has become.
There are things
She would change,
If only she could.
Decisions she would
Do over.
Choices, she hopes,
And prays
She will never
Have to make again.
And yet,
She knows in her heart
The lesson Life has taught;
We can’t change our past,
But there is always today,
To transform our tomorrows
Into what
We would like them to be.

Our life might not end up
Quite the way
We dreamed it would;
But any one of us,
One of us,
Can start over,
And change
Who we will yet
I have learned
To love
The possibilities
And potentials of
Starting over.


  1. My daughter is just starting to stand and it's great seeing how she pops back up, ready to try again after she falls.

  2. Love the chronology of your poem :)

  3. Sometimes starting over gives such hope--and you captured it perfectly! Blessings!

  4. You need to publish this stuff woman! Beautifully written!!

  5. This poem reads a bit like a prayer. And I love the message!