Careful

  • Carry an egg on a spoon
  • Dismantle a bomb
  • Hold a newborn
  • Navigate a cliff
  • Measure ingredients
  • Follow furniture assembly directions
  • Teach children how to care for pets
  • Demonstrate how to tie a shoe
  • Ride a 2-wheeler
  • Drive on icy roads
  • Remove a block in Jenga
  • Tell your side of the story
  • Make financial decisions
  • Start or end a relationship
  • Consider internalized racial superiority / inferiority

100% of the police that are in my family are black. I am an Asian woman.

About jaclynfre

Tech integration specialist, recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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9 Responses to Careful

  1. Denise Krebs says:

    Jackie,
    Thank you for your list poem. It took me a while to figure out the connections. Then ‘Eureka!’ I read the title and saw Careful. All things to be careful with and careful to do. I am curious about the police officers in your family. I hope they are safe!
    ~Denise

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thank you, Denise! The police officers in my family just retired this year. I have been in conversation with my cousin and the intensity of emotion is very real. There are so many conflicting emotions. What a time of reckoning on many many levels.

  2. This is a powerful list and piece. It makes me consider different kinds of “care.”
    It also reminds me to consider individuals, because you never know another’s whole story.
    Thank you for thought-provoking piece.

  3. Terje says:

    Powerful. The amount of attention each takes may be different but each thing has consequences if actions are not taken with care and thought. The more challenging the thing the more carefully they need to be considered.

  4. Marina Rodriguez says:

    Jackie, Your list leaves me in deep thought. It is inspiring. In many ways, it reminds me of The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. Thank you for sharing this post.

  5. MegMcCormick says:

    Wow, what a powerful poem. I absolutely love the examples you included and the impactful word choice at the end- you definitely created the effect of leaving the reader with so much to think about about and ponder. So many layers in so few words. Thank you for sharing.

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