Friday, January 13, 2012

Nature's School

Somewhere in Austin, TX



















When all the world was green
Children played outside with one another
Learned the dynamics of relationships
How to get along, give and take
They moved their growing bodies
Realized their strengths and limits
Raced down grassy hills like barrels
"Last one's a rotten egg!"

Reason became second nature as they
Darted through lush fields of connect the dots
"Tag, you're it!"
Played hide-n-seek with trees as base
(They made good hiding places, too)
Through the thick forest a game of maze
Discoveries made textbooks could never teach
When all the world was green

@laurie kolp



Prompt inspiration: IGWRT w/ Marian- (When all the world was green)

19 comments:

Lance said...

This is a much sweeter interpretation than mine. I loved it. The visulation is impressive. Great job.

Marian said...

beautiful. it's hard to give that green world to our kids now, sometimes.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Wonderful words and memories Laurie - I remember that wonderful green world of innocence, when children played together and life was good.

Other distractions now - usually wired up to the mains - mean our children often miss out on the wonder of childhood itself - imagination.

Anna :o]

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I so love this. It takes me back to childhood, when children were always outside: "what are you doing inside? It's a sunny day!" Kids are missing out these days, unless they have a granny who takes them to the forest and the river:)

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

It is so worth it to find that bit of green!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

You need to steal the batteries out of their Gameboy and hide them in a park somewhere...

Hannah Pratt said...

Nice. This made me think of my childhood.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I like the way this prompt took you in a completely different direction. I, too, long for the green days.

The Unknowngnome said...

Nice reminiscence. It took me back. Is the game over? Are they still looking?

Dave King said...

Yeah, I remember "last one's a rott'n egg!" Your poem has all the freshness of those days. Thanks for bringing them back a mo'.

Mary said...

Brings back memories, Laurie. Well penned.

Heaven said...

The world of green was much more real and fun. I like your interpretation of this ~

Brian Miller said...

kinda sucks that kids dont play outside any more...i def thing that is a major missing element in their lives...

Eva Gallant said...

I loved the photo and the poem! And my stepson just recently moved to Austin. We expect to go visit him around the first of March.

hedgewitch said...

Nothing's as green as what you remember from being a kid. Great capture, Laurie.

Kim Nelson said...

Yep... this is what our childhood was like...

Mama Zen said...

I absolutely love this, Laurie!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh yes, I remember that world. Trees were for climbing and streams were for wading and lakes were for swimming, and nobody stayed inside. Our mothers made sure we had a good breakfast, and didn't worry about us unless we failed to show up within 12 hours.
Thanks, Laurie, this is great.

keiths ramblings said...

I too have wonderful memories of child hood. No doubt ther bad times as well as good, but the mind has the wonderful ability to block them out! Now, where's my X-box?