both on the same kinder playground
under the same spring sun
sitting on the same wooden bench
each sharing a complaint with the other
one says that she is so hot that she is sweating
the other says that she so cold that she is freezing
both are sincere in describing what they are feeling
each accepts what the other is saying
and listens without judgement.
“truth can be stated in a thousand different ways,
yet each one can be true.”
one of my former students
who i now work with after school
created this travel brochure
complete with her plan for ‘how to get there’
using an innovative method i hadn’t considered
but it makes perfect sense from her perspective.
“we learn by taking action and seeing whether it works or not.”
looking up above
watching a penguin chill
on a chilly day at the zoo.
“it’s useful to go out of this world
and see it from the perspective of another one.”
the 3-year olds know what’s going on.
“don’t call the world dirty because you forgot to clean your glasses.”
not one of them is actually sitting on a swing
but it makes a great jungle gym.
“infinity imagines curiousity from the wild abyss –
only the child makes a swing-set view of the world upside down.
unwatched truth is the enchantment of childhood.
and we never grow out of it…”
“two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.”
in honor of international mud day
image credit:Winter Window, pastel, 8″ x 8″, 2002 © B.E. Kazmarski