Ode to a Child

Oh my little one, smile and play,
such simplicity and purity of heart.
Would that I could splash you,
bring soft waters of joy
this day and forevermore.


Hosting dVerse for Tuesday Poetics — a virtual pub for those who enjoy working with words and creating poetry. Today, I’m asking folks to find a sculpture that inspires them — and then to write in the voice of that sculpture — become either the artist who created the piece, or the subject of the sculpture. Don’t tell us about the sculpture, rather take on its voice. Come on over and see what others do — or how about joining us and lending your voice too?  Photo from Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron, Ohio.

33 thoughts on “Ode to a Child

    • lillian June 14, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      Smiling I am. Thank you my friend!


  1. whimsygizmo June 14, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    So lovely. I needed this gorgeous slice of innocence today, Lill. Thank you! And love the prompt. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • lillian June 14, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Glad you like the prompt. Meandering over to read again. Yes — after my first dark one, felt the need to do something lighter!


    • lillian June 14, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      After the darkness in my first one, decided a little honey at the bar would be good too! 🙂 Maybe a Shirley Temple? Do you know the drink?

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      • Bodhirose June 14, 2016 / 8:09 pm

        Since I don’t drink alcohol, I’ll take a Shirley Temple, Lillian! 🙂

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  2. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack June 14, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    what a fascinating prompt, Lillian
    and as always – you’ve met the challenge with harmonious language and fluid turn of phrase
    this is lovely
    it is especially touching for me as my first born prepares for college life
    listening to Il Divo right now – these boys are reducing me to tears – their Caruso lament…

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    • lillian June 14, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      It’s been interesting to see the art work folks have chosen and then the voice given to the sculpture or the artist.
      Glad you enjoyed this one — I think there may be an Ode to a Daugther in your future?

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      • AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack June 14, 2016 / 7:40 pm

        your writing is like music, Lillian
        the harmonious timing, the liquid words
        all so lovely
        can’t believe the little girl is going off soon, just when I was starting to really like her;)

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      • lillian June 14, 2016 / 7:43 pm

        Smiling I am……..remind me to tell you of a book I was given when my daughter left the house — deals with communicating with our daughters.


  3. Bodhirose June 14, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Yes, a much more light-hearted subject this one, Lillian. Delightful.

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  4. Grace June 14, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Very inspiring to read Lillian. Love the sculpture and joy of your verses ~

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    • lillian June 14, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      I rememer just standing and smiling and smiling when I saw this sculpture! 🙂


  5. kim881 June 15, 2016 / 2:23 am

    Your words sparkle like the water in that amazing fountain, Lillian!

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    • lillian June 15, 2016 / 8:16 am

      So glad you enjoyed, Sumana! Nice to see you while I’m sipping my morning cup!


    • lillian June 15, 2016 / 10:28 am

      LOVE those words: “blythe spirits”.


    • lillian June 15, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Seeing this sculpture I was enamored…stood for a long time just gazing, listening to the water fall….thinking of this lovely scene of unconditional love.

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  6. lillian June 15, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    It’s a sweet sweet sculpture — I was just enamored with it when I saw it…and add to it the water sounds. Yes — unconditional love and the simple joy of the babe.


  7. Laura Bloomsbury June 16, 2016 / 7:06 am

    beyond charming – if only childish joy could bubble up for always. One of my favourite prompts of late – thank you

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    • lillian June 16, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Sipping my second cup — oh you’ve started my date out with a smile! So very glad you enjoyed the prompt!

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  8. katiemiafrederick June 16, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Something about
    the Temple of God
    in all oF wE and them
    and uS and the rest oF
    Nature that IS A bleSsinG..
    a Statue Form..
    Real bEyond
    such simplicity
    iN NaturE reaL..
    Mother of
    wE child
    oF one..
    Father tHree
    iN uS One..

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