The Cloaked Monk’s,, MarchChallenge prompt for the 22st is, “Being at a child’s level.”

This one taxed me. Try as I might, I could not make the emotional link I usually find for a decent poem, so this will have to do.

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by Gunnisal

Did you ever kneel
beside a happy child,
and try to understand
what’s behind that mystic smile?

A different world is waiting
behind their eager eyes,
as they see wondrous sights
adult logic oft denies.

Dragons, knights and castles
are well within their reach.
Arcane words of wisdom
are sprinkled in their speech.

We need only look and listen
from the child’s point of view,
to fully understand
the reality of Pooh.

My apologies. As much as I love my grandchildren, I should have been able to come up with something better than this. Maybe it was that ‘child’s level’ thing.

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11 Responses to AT A CHILD’S LEVEL

  1. I think it is lovely…a well written piece and I surely can see it from a child’s point of view 🙂

  2. Not at all I think you capteured a childs essence perfectly in this superb piece .Eliza Keating

  3. You have been through so much as a police officer, your inner child hid. I am sure you can find it.

  4. vivinfrance says:

    I think you understand the child very well. I am a Pooh fan, too.

  5. Jingle says:

    we need to be at the child’s level to respect and listen to the,
    agree, lovely sentiments, enjoyed it.

  6. honeyhaiku says:

    I found this hard too, but again you captured the subject with mastery. I think why it is difficult to see things from a child’s point of view, is that we are invertible altered as adults, or “life experiences” that we can never fully capture its essence, even though we can revel in watching it expressed in our children.

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  8. Becca Givens says:

    Mike – I think you captured it well … me thinks your
    “adult logic oft denies.” is interfering your view of what you penned … becca

  9. trisha says:

    this is just awesome mike, yes i share your views- thats why they are so so happy.

  10. cloakedmonk says:

    As long as you can see the mystic smile and long for the mystery contained within, then you can find the child’s level. My friend, I think you are too hard on yourself!

  11. ladynimue says:

    It is supposed to eb child’s view .. it must not b better but be as cute as put across by you !!!


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