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by Chris Sorrenti

feeling sorry for myself
mom recounts a saying
learned in her childhood
dirt poor on the farm

I once felt sorry for myself
at not having any shoes
until I met a man
who had no feet

© 2006

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Posted on 08/06/2006
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 08/06/06 at 01:13 AM

In 12 step programs they call it ring around the rear end. Good one Chris. I think we all remember things our Moms said that echo throughtout our lives into adulthood.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 08/06/06 at 06:50 AM

Oh so timely!

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 08/06/06 at 10:47 AM

Wow I will be saving this for my next bout of depression. Mom is correct as always.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 08/06/06 at 03:27 PM

yes, our problems are all relative. Someone's always got it worst. Good to remember a mom's words.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/08/06 at 10:57 AM


Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/10/06 at 12:53 AM

Indeed! Wisdom succinctly recounted that holds true for every age, every era.

Posted by Jared Fladeland on 08/10/06 at 06:15 PM

I like it. I am always spouting out optimism. Whenever someone is complaining I always reply with "it could be worse"... and when they ask "how?" I spout off some extreme about flames coming down from heaven or bugs crawling out of the electrical sockets. It either gets them to stop complaining because it's pointless to complain in my presence, or they start laughing.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 08/14/06 at 04:08 AM

nice read. dig the title!

Posted by Junemarie Roldan on 05/23/08 at 05:22 PM

It's one of the few things you can count on besides death and taxes, that someone else's problems are greater than yours.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/04/09 at 04:59 PM

My Mom said the same thing....and it's true!

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