Life Sentence

A child discovers wonders every day
And paints a golden picture of his world,
As stepping-stones to island haunts make way
For archipelagos and tales untold.
O where can he belong who seeks from birth
The answers to all questions – keys of mind
To treasure-chests of truths – but here on Earth
In free and equal friendship with his kind?
Though walls arise imagination soars
Beyond their shadow to a sunlit land
Where smiles greet strangers, sorrow opens doors
And dreams come true by popular demand.
The child I was once painted this in gold
And will not let me rest now I am old.

 

I’ve written this sonnet to try and encapsulate some of the themes that have been swirling around my three previous posts, best read in sequence – Art Attacks # 1,2 and 3. Probably tried to cram in too much but, heigh-ho, you only live once!

 

Image result for child in meadows

 

Image: EnviroMat

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17 thoughts on “Life Sentence

  1. Beautiful!

    On 14 March 2017 at 07:47, a nomad in cyberspace wrote:

    > davekingsbury posted: “A child discovers wonders every day And paints a > golden picture of his world, As stepping-stones to island haunts make way > For archipelagos and tales untold. O where can he belong who seeks from > birth The answers to all questions – keys of mind To treasur” >

  2. The last two lines resonate…! I think our “inner children” know what’s up. We know everything we need to know at any given time ( including the knowledge that there’s more to know) . Even today i was pondering how certain thoughts i had as a child refuse to go away. They surely persist for a reason. We must do something with them.

    1. Indeed. My ideal of education as a teacher was that you didn’t fill up empty vessels but draw out something already there (the word is from the Latin root ‘e duco’ meaning ‘I lead from’)

      1. Excellent. Children are so brimful of potential- it’d be hard to see how anyone could view them as empty vessels. It definitely happens, though…so thanks for being one of the good ones! I wasn’t aware of the origins of the word ‘education’, either. Very cool.

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