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Certain Restrictions Apply

Updated on July 19, 2014

Certain Restrictions Apply

Even on a good day

Those three words

Pack way too much punch

I’m gonna start a new business:

I am gonna make labels

we can hang on our collars

as we glide in and out of each and every day;

as we march to tunes

dancin’ in our heads;

as we march

down every street,

drive down every dirt road…

My labels will have a special power.

They will shine brightly

polished reflections in

darkest of nights

Folks will laugh at me and call me a fool

a one woman wild western show

selling tags like some crazy

medicine man pitching a tent

on the city limit’s mulched and mowed lawn

no big brand names or come late/come early trends

just little white boxes with no writing or scribbling

only the emblematic hue

of the wearer

a badge

that only fits one size fits all

glittery points at each and every pole

How much truer we will all be

when we hold hands and not grenades

Hands will start extending

No more indexing

Or palm reading

Before long

hands will hold hands


every corner

every street

every town

all this hand holding will make our planet sway

back and forth

a kind of

come over/come over

cradling dreams in a celestial crib

restrictions need not apply

© 2014 ocfireflies


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      3 years ago

      Mega Bloks are great for sparking ltilte imaginations being all colorful & bright. Our grandaughter loves to build ltilte houses for her teeny, tiny dolls & could spend half the day arranging & rearranging the mega bloks to suit her style.

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      3 years ago

      That's an expert answer to an insntetrieg question

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      One can hope. Thanks for your loving thoughts.


      Thanks for loving this one. I do not know very much, but I am can imagine life in the UK may be experiencing some tension. I hope all is on its way to mending in such a way agreeable for all.



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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Kim, I almost miss this beautiful poem...."hold hands rather than grenades" seems particularly poignant in this current atmosphere of hate and intolerance. Loved it!

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      4 years ago from london

      Wouldn't this be a beautiful end? Loving thoughts.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for seeing the beauty.


      You make my day always.


      Thank You. Let it all hang out and everyone hang on...Smiles


      Glad it sounds right. Thanks for stopping by.

      Many thanks to all who see that we are so much more free when we hold hands and not grenades,


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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      You intended to write 'Pack too much punch" just like that right? It sounds just right to me...

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes indeedy! And no restrictions...just let it all hang out baby. :)

      Nice work my friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      You know how to make my day Kim!!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful poem with such great emotions.

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      4 years ago


      Seems so simple to me. Thanks for stopping and leaving kindness.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      If we all hold onto each other, we can make a difference. Great message!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Good to see you. Glad you enjoyed it.


      Greetings! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a supportive and kind response. I look forward to visiting your Hpage.

      Also, Thank you for the vote. I truly appreciate the gesture.

      Many Blessings,


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      Ryan Fuller 

      4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      This was beautiful and great choice of words that make a huge impact. Very clever and such a great and positive message here. Great work. Voted up

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Real creative. Enjoyed this.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Yes. Maybe one day. Thanks for the up and share. Very much appreciated.


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful day dream stuff; Kim. Maybe one day....

      Up and shared.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for starting off my day with such support. "Cradling dreams in a celestial crib" is a favorite of mine, too.


      Loving your work as well. I especially like the abstract nature of your work.


      Hello. SO nice to see you. Thank you for the votes. They are always much appreciated.

      Many blessings to all,


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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a fun twist on the concept of spreading peace. Loved it! Voted up, interesting and awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Loving your work Kim--just loving it!

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, Kim, this is one of the best poems I've read in a long time.

      I loved the concept of the blank labels...and that" restrictions need not apply...cradling dreams in a celestial crib." Wonderful! :-)

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You! I can't seem to get this image out of my hand of the world's peoples holding hands and together creating a world filled with the security and warmth we all want our own children to feel when we rock them in our homes in our own cribs...

      Here's to rock-a-bye all of us babes,


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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Kim, it would be a pleasure to wear one of your tags/badges and hold hands to help bring the world together and become a better more accepting place. Take care dear friend. Voted up.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you so much. You are always so kind. I was hoping the last line would -at the very least-cause readers to pause-leaving a reader breathless--well, that's pure gold.


      Folks have been so kind lately. Almost finished. Will be visiting Amazon soon--Smiles.

      Homeplace Series,

      Greetings! Thanks for stopping by. I will make it to your Homeplace soon.

      Many Blessings to all and looking forward to one day holding hands!


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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Fun! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a talented poet, Kim. I see no reason to add to that summation. :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      You are at full stride! You have closing that leaves me breathless, beautiful. Jamie

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Kevin and Suzette,

      I suppose we can wish...

      Thank You for sharing in the dream of a world where we

      hold hands rather than grenades.

      Where we feel wanted and warm...

      Blessings to you both and hoping your part of the world is colorful and filled with all the good I believe is within our grasp.



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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful Kim. Blank labels so we don't label one another. Wouldn't that be the perfect world?

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      That was be-e-autiful Kim. Blank tags to bring peace to the world, I love it. I hate war and violence. I voted it up times (?), U/A/B/I. I also shared and pinned it.



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