“While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about.”
- Angela Schwindt
|The Flying Dream, Richard Wilkinson|
2014. This is the year I intend to fly.
Care to join me?
To prepare for takeoff, I'd like to share the poem I received from the talented Tabatha Yeatts during last month's Winter Poem Swap. It was the first time I participated in one of Tabatha's poem swaps and now I'm hooked!
Besides Tabatha's inspiring poem (unveiled shortly), she sent me several goodies, including Horror Refrigerator Word Magnets, "perfect for leaving a final message before that thing standing behind you swallows you whole...." But, well, that's a post, and a limerick, for another day.
Today's little ditty is meaningful to me on a deeper level. It's symbolic of why I choose to write for children, because of their inherent powers to inspire and live life in the moment, to enjoy each day with unequaled exuberance, and to absorb and reflect the world's goodness like sunlight.
Drawing places no one’s ever seen –
Turning a bed into a trampoline –
Not getting sick no matter how much I spin –
Finding the only mud puddle to step in –
Imagining stories about people I see –
Thrilling my dog at the sight of me –
Sensing when I am near ice cream –
Sleeping upright once I’ve run out of steam –
Catching a leaf before it hits the ground –
Creeping up behind you without making a sound…
© 2013 Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.
Today I urge you to collect and fill your toolbox with your own secret superpowers. May you use them with wild abandon each day of 2014... and beyond.
At I Think in Poems, Betsy is also sharing poetry magic. Please join her for today's Poetry Friday roundup.
And another opportunity to help you take flight in 2014:
Join me and other picture book, middle grade, and young adult writers this month who are embracing Shannon Abercrombie's challenge to Start The Year Off Write. For each of 21 days, established authors will present unique writing exercises to inspire, motivate, hone your skills, and help you soar in the new year. You may even win a prize! Do check it out!