Where You Draw The Line


It’s where you draw the line my friend.

It’s where you draw the line.

Put the line a ways out there,

And trouble will find its way

Into your heart

And into your home,

Where it will roam

As free as can be,

While you wander further

To the outer limits and beyond

The line that you have drawn;

And wonder what went wrong.

It’s where you draw the line my friend.

It’s where you draw the line.

Draw the line in a bit,

To get a tighter fit;

And squeeze the trouble

Right out of your bubble,

For now there is no room for it.

It’s where you draw the line my friend.

It’s where you draw the line.

With your line drawn in a little closer,

Trouble is held at bay.

Confined at first,

With an insatiable thirst,

For the freedom you once knew.

You’re fighting to be free again,

To invite some trouble in,

And wander back to familiar ground;

Paint the town in your nightgown.

It will not be long now ‘til you will see

That freedom isn’t way out there.

Freedom lies within you now;

And you get to chose where to draw the line.

Freedom, my friend, is where you draw the line.

With the line drawn in a bit,

You can venture out of it.

You won’t go near as far as you went

When your line was drawn as far as it was.

You wouldn’t even think of it.

It’s where you draw the line, my friend.

It’s where you draw the line.

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a great poem!

"Freedom, my friend, is where you draw the line."

Nicely nailed. It's really great advice for people growing up and venturing out into this world, not to mention simple fundamental wisdom for all of us to adopt. I'm sure this will go on a lot of refrigerator doors! Super job!

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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

It IS where you draw the line! Wonderfully written, and so very true! I need to reel my line in a bit...thanks for the reminder!

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Wow, what a pleasantly strong positive reaction, Timothy Donnelly - brought a big smile and joy tears here. hmmm; refrigerator magnets! Thanks very much Timothy. I appreciate your comment... a lot... kim

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Thank you imatellmuva:) next hub - maintaining the line you've drawn, or reeling in your line....so many hubs, so little hub time. I hope you had a great week end.

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jenubouka 5 years ago

I need to write this down and read it everyday before I even begin to think about thinking!

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Let it go too far and it will get away from you. This poem has a nice sing song feel to it. I draw the line with modern art, when a neatly stacked pile of bricks can be displayed, or a medicine cabinet can sell for millions in the name of art. Cheers

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

LOL. Thanks jenubouka. You might want to also check out my poem, "The Man Who Lived in His Head!" Thanks for being part of my world today, jenubouka:)

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Hi attemptedhumour. Thanks, I think. I hope you mean it has a rhythm. A singsongy voice can be annoying! That being said, isn't it freeing to know that you can draw the line where ere you like, my friend. a million dollar medicine cabinet! that's what i'm talking about. i draw the line at six thousand when it comes to medicine cabinets. maybe it matters what's in the medicine cabinet? Seriously, thanks for reading and commenting, attempted humour.

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princess g 5 years ago

Awesome:) and I love deviantart, too

great idea for poetry

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writeronline 5 years ago

Hi Kim, this is great.

Simple (but by no means simplistic) wisdom, clearly and engagingly expressed. The easy rhythm makes it also easy to 'get the picture', and what's more, to put yourself in it.

Re: Fridge magnets / mini-posters / greeting cards.

Here's an idea for you; Condense more wisdom for life (which you've shown plenty of in previous hubs)down to this same form, focus,and 'line' theme. And publish them all, under the name "Life Lines"

Just an idea. You know, the kind we're all looking for. The kind that could actually make money... :)

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Hi, princess g. Thanks for reading and taking the time to post a comment. I really appreciate it. I know. deviantART is the best!

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Thank you, writeronline. What an inspiring comment! I hadn't really thought about those ideas before, but they do sound great. I wouldn't know where to begin, except for the writing part....although I am getting ideas just thinking about it. Thanks!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I was really entertained and....stretched my mind!

Isn't where to draw the line always one of those things that needs to be done in chalk? Lol

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Good to hear, RealHousewife. Flexible yes - not too loose and not too rigid; unless you live in the jungle or other places where predators lurk. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

then i'll see you there. thanks in advance:)

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Yes i meant a nice rhythm. Cheers

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Berga 5 years ago from SKIEN

:) boundaries....voted up as useful and awesome

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I love this, it is so true! Voted up and awesome

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Stolive 5 years ago from Botswana

Not only beautiful and entertaining as a poem, but also valuable by the wisdom it expresses.

Reading it made me think: "When we were younger the place where to draw the line was almost imposed to us by our parents, but now that we've grown older and mature, should we keep the lines where they are? should we use the some compass to determine where to draw new lines if need be?" - Food for thought.

Merci de partager avec nous ce beau poeme.

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Interesting poem. Good job. I enjoyed the read.

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

@attempted humor - thanks. I thought so:)

@ Berga - ahhh. yes. boundaries:) Thanks

@ CASE1WORKER - thank you; glad you enjoyed:)

@ Stolive - yes. food for thought! most of us had our lines drawn by parents to protect us; and we adjust them as adults. sadly, some do not have those lines and it's very painful to learn as an adult.

Merci de partager ce poème avec moi !

@ d.william - thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it:)

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sarovai 5 years ago

The secret behind the line drawn by ourselves. By limiting the false limitations , we shall enjoy wisdom. This poem explains very nicely about wisdom. Thank u for sharing.

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Deep thoughts about wisdom and limiting false limitations, sarovai! Thanks. Your profile pic caught my eye too, because when I was looking for ideas for pics on this hub I search for drawing the line and came across a lot of fences!

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jenubouka 5 years ago

I had to come back to this and re-read, over this weekend I so had to draw a line, it was either that or strip naked and run down my street screaming at the top of my lungs, needless to say I did not, or I would be at my arraignment today for indecent exposure. Been there done that, not fun.

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

LOL, jenubouka. Maybe you better put it on your refrigerator for quick reference! It's your line and you can draw it where you want to, but I sure would love to know more about where and why! That running down the street thing falls under the 24/3 rule. If you wait 24 hrs and ask 3 people what they think about an idea, and it still seems like a good idea; go for it! I'm actually very flattered that you came back because of something that happened this week end. Draw a couple more lines and you could write a hub about it.. Take care jenubouka, and thanks for the smile.

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hafeezrm 5 years ago from Pakistan

Nice poem, in particular - "You won’t go near as far as you went

When your line was drawn as far as it was."

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

You wouldn't even think of it! Thanks hafeezrm.

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jenubouka 5 years ago

Ever have one of those weeks where no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you pray, someone keeps knocking over your domino house? Well that sums it up. Yes I believe in the 24/3, just make sure the one's you ask aren't drinking tequila, while watching Old School. Bad mix. Someone is bound to get ideas, like me...

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Uh-oh. I hope you are safe, jenubouka. A domino house where you draw the line but it's not respected, and collapses. Yikes. Good point about asking someone WHOSE JUDGMENT YOU TRUST not someone whose judgment is impaired! Thanks for coming back to comment, jenubouka. Stay safe... or get safe if you're not.

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jenubouka 5 years ago

Oh yea, as the the book says: "Don't sweat the small stuff"

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billyaustindillon 5 years ago

Kim - I think I got your motive - we simply don't know where to draw the line - and we head down the escalation of commitment route. Am enjoying your poetry keep them coming.

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

LOL. Yeah, or something. Maybe committing down the escalation route? I really did enjoy reading your hubs this am, billyaustindillon. Somehow, and I have no idea how, they kept me centered today. Thanks, and it was nice running into you again:)

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

A wonderful poem that very eloquently describes for me why we should place a ceiling on our desires. This is a

very important message in today's world. Thank you.

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Ah, a ceiling! Of course. I was thinking fences, but ceilings too:) Thanks Spirit Whisperer.

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Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Kimh039: This is lyrically well written and logically quite sound, as long as each one understands that they are responsible for the inference that they draw from this lines, kim.

This is a thinking persons poem, which strikes a cord, by engaging those perceptive people, to view it as have your commentators above, Kim!

Voted up and Pushed all the appropriate buttons!

Regards Mike! (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Thanks AKA Professor M. This one did attract some insightful comments from perceptive readers:) Feel free to elaborate on "they are responsible for the inference that they draw from this lines" if you like. Sounds like you mean that other people might not like where we draw our line and we may have some social and interpersonal consequences as a result....or perhaps others might like where we draw the line - way out there - and there are consequences for that too; not to blame a victim but as a reminder that we are not only responsible for drawing the line but for our reactions to where others' lines are drawn. hmmm. could be a sequel. Your feedback has become self fulfilling - good insights from a perceptive and thinking reader:)

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SusieQ42 5 years ago

Good poem for those with teens in the house! Voted up and useful, it is also truthful. Thanks...

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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Oh yeah! Teens! I don't have any of those anymore:) Lines are useful there. Thanks you SusieQ42:)

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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire


what an interrrstingly curious hub. I'm intrigued by some of the comments too. What a useful expression this is, how many people use it without a second thought. I draw the line at that, they say.

It is because we are responsible for our own decisions that we must each decide where that line should be drawn. I think some people draw a dotted line that leaks, whilst others draw rather a wavy line.

good hub, which has obviously created interest.



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kimh039 4 years ago Author

Thank you tonymead60. I love the comments this hub generates. It hardly seems right to be upset with someone for crossing a line you couldn't be bothered to draw.... although, sadly, there are so many who never learned that they could draw a line or that some people do actually respect lines that are drawn. They are destined to live a line-less life that is violated again and again:( Thanks again tonymead60.

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