Through the eyes of children, everything is bigger and brighter. Bring them to a circus or carnival and fantasy comes to life. Floating high in the air while holding a balloon seems possible. Cotton candy looks like a fluffy pink mountain. The circus is a magical place and the carnival, a colorful party in a fairy land. Their eyes light up with a sense of wonder around every corner.
Life isn’t always a carnival (sometimes it can be a circus), but we can observe beauty in the world with a kids-eye-view. Let’s not lose our sense of childlike wonder. The world sparkles a little more because of it.
Poet Shel Silverstein certainly kept his kids-eye-view when he wrote poetry and stories. His quirky and conversational style made poetry accessible to children and grown-ups alike. Shel had a way of seamlessly commingling humor and philosophy throughout his written work, as in this circus-themed poem:
By my ankles,
To your knees
As you hang
By your nose
From a high-up
Just one thing, please,
As we float through the breeze—
This week, ignore any suggestions to “grow up.” Grab hold of your opportunity to be as childish as you like. Think back on a time you visited a circus or carnival. As an alternative, imagine being a child right now and pick which wonder-fest you’ll visit. Write a poem about your kids-eye-view experience. After you share your poem with us in the comments section, feel free to put it on your fridge. 🙂
And remember: don’t eat too many sweets or you’ll get a tummy ache.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s an untitled poem we enjoyed from Monica Sharman:
My balancing act is more along the lines
of a cirque de la lune.
But it’s not just a phase, this teetering
on taut wires, arms outstretched
to flailing, less counterbalance than
oscillation from one off-kilter to another.
Craters and peaks eclipsed
by stage-light shadows
never revealing the far side.
Photo by Marco Monetti, Creative Commons via Flickr.