Running Out of Cotton Wool by Don Matthews

A small child wearing a sheep costume and surrounded by cotton wool
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You know I grew up on a farm

Could always have drowned in the lake

Died from the fall of a big tree

Or simply from treading on snake

And then there’s the horse-drinking trough

Was always near top (pretty full)

Could easily have fallen from a galloping horse

Or gored by our favourite pet bull

So by today’s standards

I’m pretty lucky to be alive


I fear we may soon face a shortage

Of top-grown Australian cotton wool

To wrap up our dear precious children

But also our adventurous ones as well

Of course there is only one problem

Will they discover a world beyond screens?

Which appear to have become widely approved by

So-called protective parents it seems


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. definitely the Aussie humour! I love it !

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    1. Thanks. And g’day……

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  2. Terveen Gill says:

    Don writes of childhoods that were free from electronic bondage – the outdoors and imagination kept so many of us occupied. But the reality of the newer generations is limited to screens and the excitement and harm lurking behind them. Are parents to blame or has the present time imposed such limitations? Cotton wool? I’m not sure that’ll be enough. Thought-provoking…
    Congratulations Don!


    1. Thanks Terveen……

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  3. A good nostalgic and critique poem. Plausible!

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    1. Thanks Lamittan…….


  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    I feel kids miss out these days

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    1. Yes, too coddled in cotton wool……


  5. haoyando says:

    So true. So lucky that we are all alive and well and kicking. We have survived the bullies in our childhood, manipulative relatives, emotional ups and downs, pitfalls of many different kinds.

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  6. Thanks Haoyando. Yes, we were put through a lot and we survived. But maybe we are overprotective of today’s kids ?……


  7. jonicaggiano says:

    I just love your sense of humor Don. As a child I made dirt cakes for my dolls an played in make believed happy homes. We played kick the can, road bikes and found all kinds of adventures that were not behind a screen. I always enjoy your posts. Have a great Sunday. Hugs, Joni

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    1. Thanks Joni. Just going to kick a can around the yard. The internet is down……

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Hilariously funny Don I love that. When we would go see my grandma we would play kick the can till dark. We didn’t have balls and bats. You have to have a team, see if you can get some teenagers to sign up!! Have a great Sunday Don. Hugs 🤗 Joni


        1. Go kick can Joni…..

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        2. jonicaggiano says:

          I will get back to you with the score. First I have to find some adults that want to play. Ha ha Have a wonderful week Don. Hugs 🤗 Joni

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