Feb 19, 2009

OSS # 140: Can't Wait

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Do you sometimes wish you were a kid again? I don't. I don't have to wish. I know I'm a kid inside and I nurture the kid within. That is why I play with dolls.

Of course, I also enjoy adult things - like poetry. This one for example, I like the repetition (and the subtle changes) and how it gives a sense of wonderment like going through a rabbit hole.

Warning to Children

Children, if you dare to think
Of the greatness, rareness, muchness
Fewness of this precious only
Endless world in which you say
You live, you think of things like this:
Blocks of slate enclosing dappled
Red and green, enclosing tawny
Yellow nets, enclosing white
And black acres of dominoes,
Where a neat brown paper parcel
Tempts you to untie the string.
In the parcel a small island,
On the island a large tree,
On the tree a husky fruit.
Strip the husk and pare the rind off:
In the kernel you will see
Blocks of slate enclosed by dappled
Red and green, enclosed by tawny
Yellow nets, enclosed by white
And black acres of dominoes,
Where the same brown paper parcel -
Children, leave the string alone!
For who dares undo the parcel
Finds himself at once inside it,
On the island, in the fruit,
Blocks of slate about his head,
Finds himself enclosed by dappled
Green and red, enclosed by yellow
Tawny nets, enclosed by black
And white acres of dominoes,
With the same brown paper parcel
Still untied upon his knee.
And, if he then should dare to think
Of the fewness, muchness, rareness,
Greatness of this endless only
Precious world in which he says
he lives - he then unties the string.

-Robert Graves


Victor Gregor said...

This is my favorite post of yours so far. I didn't have a proper childhood and my teenage years were a blur. sarap maging bata. :(

the geek said...

i am child at heart, too...

now, i miss my nephew and our tom & jerry marathons....

Mugen said...

Astig!! Hahaha, ang ganda ng transition ah. :P

Niel Camhalla said...

@Victor Gregor, thanks! I was wondering what's stopping you from being a kid now?

@the geek, if you miss someone, find a way to be with them :)

@Joms, thanks :)

gentle said...

witty talaga ni puy ;)

Mr. Scheez said...

Astig si Puy! =)

I miss my innocence.

Victor Gregor said...
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Victor Gregor said...

@Niel: but i am a kid right now. or trying to be one. lol. i'm just thinking sometimes if i'm doing it right.

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