Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ducks in a Row


Ducks in a Row

"Plan ahead. Be prepared. Be organized."
We grow up being told to get our ducks in a row,
but plans change, the unexpected happens,
and life gets messy, the further along we go.


Sometimes ducks are stolen by predators,
or they swim away, still in sight, but out of reach.
Sometimes ducks have minds of their own.
They swim in circles going nowhere, 
no matter how hard you preach.


You finally realize that some ducks can't be controlled.
So relax! 
Let them swim and quack. 
Take delight in the brilliant sheen 
of the blue and green 
of  their feathers,
and know that, one way or another, 
eventually, 
they'll get back on track,
(and so will you).


33 comments:

  1. Good advice and beautiful photos of the ducks. Is this lake/park where you walk in the afternoons?

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    1. No, this is a lake in the nearby town of Barberton. We go there occasionally to shop or dine out, but it is too far away for me to walk there. :)

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  2. Connie
    This is wonderful! We do need to learn to just go with the flow more.

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! We can't control everything, and it's wise to know when to ease up and relax. :)

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  3. This still something I need to learn. I just ordered your book from booklocker as a Christmas gift for me. I cant wait to get it. Hugs and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family. LJ

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    1. Thank you for ordering my book, Lady Jane! Wishing you the very best for Christmas also. :)

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  4. We really need to learn to go with the flow... most time we fight against it which only makes it more difficult... This is very insightful Connie, something I needed to hear today... ♡ xox

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    1. Thank you, Launna! I hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  5. Aww:) just when i needed this advice. Dealing with a teenage son is quite an ordeal on most days and thos weeks we have been constantly at each other's throat. The poem felt like a soft caress to my wounds as i read it. Thanks a ton Connie! Loved it.

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    1. Thank you, Sujata! I'm sorry to hear this week has been a challenge for you. I hope things improve for you soon. Enjoy your weekend! :)

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  6. sometimes you just have to go with the flow, or squawk until you get your way. Cute poem and photos. That water looks cold!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne! I took these photos last year when there was snow on the ground, so I think the water was pretty cold. :) Have a great weekend!

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  7. Very nice and it does always seem to straighten out when one relaxes. I like the photos you posted with it too. The houses across the lake - beautiful image!!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! The area around that lake is really pretty with a lot of nice houses. Hope you have a great weekend! :-)

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    2. I just got your book today in the mail - ....enjoying it and what an achievement - so cool!!

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    3. Thank you for ordering it, Sandy! I'm so glad you like it. :-)

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  8. This is a cute poem. It sounds a little like me...but at least I know to get in out the rain! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I'm glad you like it. :)

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  9. Hmmm, which came first... the pictures or the poem? Somehow, I suspect the pictures inspired the poem, but either way, they go together perfectly. Very good advice, too.

    Have a super weekend!

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    1. You are correct--the pictures did inspire the poem. Quite often, I write poems inspired by photos. Thank you. Hope you enjoy your weekend too!

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  10. great analogy and awesome words. Happy weekend Connie.

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  11. Wise advice. I cringed at the snow thought. We are having unseasonable warm weather right now, and I so want it to stay.

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    1. Thanks, Liza! Actually, I took these photos last year when we had snow. We are snow-free right now, and I am quite happy about that. I agree with you, I want this warmer weather to last.

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  12. This was timely post and I needed to hear this. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I need to remember this myself, especially during the holiday season. Hope you have a great week too!

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  13. I sure hope so, and I appreciate your outlook. Now I have uplifting images for the phrase "ducks in a row" too. Thank you, Daisy.

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    1. I'm glad you like this Robyn. Thank you! :)

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  14. Wow, beautiful poem and the pictures just set it off. I always love your poems, so beautiful and talented. Hope you're having a nice week.

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    1. Thank you, Susie! Happy week to you too!

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  15. Very nice pictures and poem which go together perfectly and are so appropriate!

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    1. Thank you, Connie! Enjoy your week. :)

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  16. Neat! I like ducks!

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