As each new day during the month of November brings the challenge of at least ONE new picture book idea, I have been reflecting on what keeps us open to creative ideas, and I keep returning to the importance of being childlike, keeping that sense of wonder amidst the busyness and mundane. I am also particularly inspired about poetry this month, as I am partaking in a truly wonderful exchange with Jane Yolen. I think around 40 of us signed up on FaceBook to sponsor Jane a poem a day through this month, for charity. Oh my, I feel completely indulgent opening my email each morning to poetry from such a gifted and prolific author. I do, however, find letting others read one’s poetry is far more vulnerable than posting prose. Anyone else feel like that?
« People need three things to survive – food, shelter, and wonder. That third need has been met for thousands of years through stories both as entertainment or as ways to share our history and culture. »
A Sense of Wonder
Never lose a sense of wonder,
lift your face up to the stars.
Feel the measure of your stature
confront infinity so vast.
Though your cup is overflowing,
keep a thirst for sights well-known;
a crescent moon surprising daylight;
a dragon fly on Lilly throne.
Do you still dance when no one’s looking?
Hold your best friend’s hand through tears?
Swing on swings and throw ice snowballs?
Play the games of childish years?
Let’s not ever take for granted
a healthy life or lover’s kiss.
Every gift is finite, fleeting,
How to measure what we’d miss?
Searing scars and fragile psyche
can dull the best man’s muse,
so hold on to tales of valor,
surf the wave of moonstruck truths.
Bitterness and blindness
dig deep in beauty’s grave.
Never settle for less than hopeful.
A childlike optimism can save.
In wonder, dawning thoughts are fertile,
imagination soaks the earth.
Brush strokes, prose and melody;
here our stories find their birth.