Liz Garton Scanlon (liz_scanlon) wrote,
Liz Garton Scanlon
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Poetry Friday -- Perspective

I've been thinking lately that one of my purposes, in writing for children, is to honor their perspectives -- 
wild, varied, inscrutable, sweet.

To empower through recognition.
To notice, to listen, to see.

That's what I remember wanting as a kid.

Recently I was plowing through piles of my own poems and I found this one, written when my first baby was wee. 
I think this is when this whole idea must've started to coalesce for me. 

Don't you love tracing your own paths backwards sometimes, to find out how you got where you are today?


Perspective

              

It is nearly impossible  -- impossible --

to recognize the difference

between dog and bear

in the transmuting dark

and the long croony whistle of a train

sounds so much like moo

as to be four-legged and lonesome

 

A sock looks like a hat

but doesn’t fit and isn’t

a pear looks like an apple

apple sounds like happy

and is

 

Blowing on breakfast

cools it off, blowing

in the bath makes bubbles

and the wind blows

arms into fingered wings

 

Every man is Daddy

-- the Wicked Witch

is Mama and so is the moon

in this afternoon’s sky

milky as the breast

at bedtime when who

will stay to keep things straight

 

who will name the sounds

that come in the night?

-- Liz Garton Scanlon, 1999

 

 

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