Other Alternatives



When stuck

on the other side

of the fence…

with thorns

stabbing from behind

and barbs

poking from the front

pressing closer

and closer

in a prickly

vice like trap…

ready to make you bleed

like crimson honey…

Pull your feet out of the mire

and step to the side

letting the jaws snap shut

without their tasty treat..

Solutions are always


for those brave enough

to find them..

When problems attack

remember the compass…

And just pick

another way

to go..


David L. Whitman 05/11/2012 from under a sky so blue…



28 thoughts on “Other Alternatives

  1. It’s a wonderful thought here…one that everyone can learn and think on. I love your writing these days. Every piece has been a true work of art. Love, love, love them.

      • lol…that makes me laugh, I always said, school doesn’t teach enough problem solving skills, because ultimately as an adult, that’s the most important weapon in the arsonal we carry to live our own happy lives…

        • Hopefully this changes. We are working hard on making the kids into thinkers that consider many possibilities. Hope we really see the fruits of our labor in a few years:)

        • πŸ™‚ teachers…you sweet souls, how you do that day after day, in a confine of the system (though I’m not sure how it is in the States) I don’t know. We have a very close friend who’s a JH Math teacher, and she is part of an elite group who divises new ways to teach the subject and she is a true inspiration. We adore good teachers. The work they do lasts a lifetime πŸ™‚

        • Well. We are definitely being allowed. Encouraged and trained to help and facilitate the children to think outside the box. I see a real difference already:)))

  2. Phew!
    Another gritty one! Conveys the spikiness very well. A good metaphor – though personally I think a pair of bolt cutters to hack out the spiky bits is more my style πŸ˜€

  3. We always have a choice (though sometimes it does not feel like it) …this says it well David! Excellent imagery both in words and photo:) Hope your Friday is grand!

    • Yes!!! I’ve felt painted into corners before and its so important to realize that there are always options. Happy friday sweet robyn:)))

  4. I saw this photo on facebook and almost wrote: “please, please, write a poem for this one.” Your words match the photo like a sock to shoe. Excellent. There is much truth and hope in your words. Much suffering, too. As the jaw snaps close and you are outside of the trap watching where you once were, gathering your compass and remembering…..what is that feeling like? Are you still afraid of more traps or have you grown wings to hover high above. Or are the traps always waiting, our teachers with mouth open so we might fall in and learn?
    Bravo David. Your poems and eye for life is a true gift.
    and she rambles on to the sound of crashing waves….
    Sam the Wave Watcher πŸ˜‰

    • Hi sam:). Well. Once again self awareness is important in my opinion. Many of these traps are self imposed and repeated often. Those are the ones that should definitely be avoided with that internal compass:)

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