Overdo It

In memory of Kim Underwood.
Remind me
never to say
don’t overdo it now
to my children.
No imploring them
to simmer down,
take it easy,
be good now,
not take any
unnecessary risks.
I’ve done enough
of all of those things
for the lot of us.
Let me be
the mother who
supports her children
in overdoing it
today and every day.

#22 of 30 Poems In November to benefit Center for New Americans.


  1. Kim sounds like a cool cat who will be greatly missed. I've spent some time in Doylestown. My grandmother placed her 3 sons in Warminster at Christ's Home after WW2, when she couldn't afford to keep them at home in Philly. Your write brings memories. And yes - overdoit. ~

  2. Learning from the physically underprivileged: a lesson in humility sometimes, but always a great chance to be given. Beautiful elegy [?} on a remarkable woman.


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