Posted by Clare on August 27, 1997 at 21:56:35:
Here's a poem I found on the poetry website that Cheryl recommended. It reminds of my kids at that wonderful age
To a Child
The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
Still young enough to be a part
Of Nature's great impulsive heart,
Born comrade of bird, beast and tree
And unselfconscious as the bee--
And yet with lovely reason skilled
Each new day paradise to build,
Elate explorer of each sense,
Without dismay, without pretense!
In your unstained transparent eyes
There is no conscience, no surprise:
Life's queer conundrums you accept,
Your strange divinity still kept.
Being, that now absorbs you, all
Harmonious, unit, integral,
Will shred into perplexing bits,--
Oh, contradiction of the wits!
And Life, that sets all things in rhyme,
May make you poet, too, in time--
But there were days, O tender elf,
When you were Poetry itself!
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