O child in me awaken Remember to recall The joy of virgin witness First time my eyes saw Thrill to spy the ocean spray moon dictate the tide each day Dig my toes in seashore surf drip sand castles along her turf Watch the dolphin sail up high smile and sparkle in her eye Heart's delight as snowflakes fall excitement hearing coyote's call In wonderment watch the butterfly unfurl her wings at first flight Hold tight a kite on a string feel the pull of wind unseen O God I pray I never lose Eyes to behold each day as new
december 09, 2oo7
I don't recall in detail what was going through my mind when I wrote this poem, well other than a feeling of simplicity, dolphin smiles, kites, butterflies, and sand castles.
This poem comes to mind now because I turned 50 a couple days ago. I had the thought that day, "I'm entering my 2nd childhood."
I do feel that way, sort of. I have a sense of exploration and discovery ahead. I'm excited about life, about learning, about all the colors of the leaves.
I still have a goal to hike the entire Appalachian Trail before I draw my final breath. I'll hike it in snippets. My son is going to hike a couple sections this summer starting in GA and going into at least TN, perhaps VA.
I hope I always remember to view life, at least at times, through the eyes and heart of a child.