Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"The Heart Museum"

"Admission is free, donations are welcome." Is the first line of the poem that made me so PROUD, proud doesn't even seem like a big enough word. The author is nine-years-old, and has more enthusiasm and creativity in her little head, more hope and life in her brown eyes, more compassion and love in her heart, and kindness and peace in her soul than any other PERSON I have had the pleasure and gift of knowing. Oh, and her smile, what a smile!

She wrote a poem for an optional creative writing competition, where the 1st and 2nd place winners will be going to a statewide competition in their age level at a state university, where the winner may be published. She came in 2nd place! I couldn't be any happier for her. I knew the talent and ideas were there, but as with any child, it is usually the confidence that takes time to catch up. I hope this gives her that confidence to know it is okay to fail, as long as you try...and when you try, you just may succeed!

An excerpt:

On the bottom floor, there is all that I have done.
Art of the past.
People I have known and places I have gone.
Memories that make my heart smile.
And things I know I should not have done.

Here on the main floor is what is today.
All of my friends, my school, and things that I know
My family, my life, all that is happening now
All of it I love.

Upstairs is the modern art.
My husband, my house, and children are there.
They are part of me, what I am going to be
It is art that hangs there waiting for me.
Things I love now, but have to wait to see.

Beyond her true pride, her biggest concern - or - first question,
"Can I put this on my college application?"


Anonymous said...

My eyes are welled up with tears after reading her poem. It puts so many pictures in my head but I can't fully see them because they are her pictures.

This speaks volumes of the wonderful people in her life...but who's the bozo that gave her SECOND place! j/k ;)

Anonymous said...

the pride in seeing your loved ones excel in something they truly enjoy - and she really does show a maturity in her ideas that is astounding.

i think she's simply happy with life!!