Warning Unheeded – dVerse Poetics

I’m getting into this dVerse thing, big time! Thank you to everyone there for the warm welcome 🙂

So, here’s my submission to the dVerse Poetics prompt – this week, we are asked to write something inspired by a time-worn phrase or saying, whether it is something from the TV, the radio, a song, an old catchphrase that we or friends, family or colleagues use – inspiration can be found anywhere.

This week, the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’ has been floating around in my head. I could probably explain why, but perhaps that’s not relevant.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my piece below – please do visit the linky link thing to read many more!


– Warning Unheeded –

‘Be careful, be careful’

the old woman said,

my youth it knew better

and I shook my head.


‘You’re old and you’re feeble’

I stated with scorn,

and tossed barbed-wire glances –

her face fell, forlorn.


I wanted the top job,

accolades in all spheres,

‘All hail the big chief’

to ring in my ears.


I did achieve fame,

yes, fortune was mine,

but something was missing

no love to entwine


in the twists and the turns

of my life, well-endowed

no face to light up

for my own, in a crowd.


Be careful, be careful

I’m an old woman now,

in my youth I was wrong –

it’s too late for me now.


26 thoughts on “Warning Unheeded – dVerse Poetics

  1. m we are resonating a bit today…i escaped that cycle still young enough to re-learn to live, luckily…really like the creative approach to this…and the message within…

    1. Yes, I feel like I’ve been transitioning a bit like that myself recently – life throws stuff at you to make you realise what’s truly important, doesn’t it?! I’m looking forward to reading yours in a little while 🙂 I’m glad you are in a good place now 🙂

  2. We all do learn in time that being careful has its place in our journey ~ I would like to believe though that we must share our nuggets of wisdom to the young ~ Very lovely to see you again in D’verse ~ Happy weekend ~

  3. This is a great approach to the prompt, and wise warning. So many chase and climb only to find the prize is not worth the price they paid. Well done! So glad I wasn’t wired for that pursuit like some I know.

  4. ugh..sometimes we have to learn our lessons the hard way – and there def. is a too late as well… ah we should listen to those wise old men and women more often but then we have to go our own ways as well… luckily often enough we can change things before it’s too late

  5. Freya…great piece here. How often we think that we know better than our elders…only to discover…too late…that they were right all along.

    1. Thank you for poppin in and commenting. As for it being never too late, well it does rather depend how late in our lives, and the lives of others, that we come to this realisation! 😉

  6. Glad to see you here Freya -dVerse is a great place to be and has made my life richer.

    Love your words and how they resonate! Wisdom (of youth) is oft found in old age…

    Anna :o]

  7. Well conceived an written. It reads so easily. Also: it put me in mind of a parallel saying:
    “the old like to give good advice once they are past the state of setting a bad example”

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