Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday's Child

Illustration by Jessie Wilcox Smith
Image provided by Monday's Child

Something's stirring inside
As I play with the sand
Smelling salt in the air
While sifting life through my hands.

I close my eyes tight
(Just give 'em a squeeze)
And can see the world clearly
Laid out before me.

I see fields of poppies, all in a row
And pansies purple in the morning glow.
I see hills of lavender and green moss too
I see it all, honest and true!

I hear baby birds chirping
A sweet, soft song
And mommy birds smiling
As they hum along.

I smell cinnamon rolls
And pink cotton candy
Chocolate from Coco
And all things this dandy.

I feel icy cold drops
From the ocean's spray
And a burn on my nose
From the heat of the day.

We are everything, all
That we need to be
I realized today
On the edge of the sea.

And in one precious moment
Through just one grain of sand
I can sense the whole world
In the palm of my hand.


The above was written for Monday's Child, a new challenge site which asks those who are interested to write a children's verse or story based upon a specific image. 

This week's inspiration was created by Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935), a book illustrator and magazine cover artist who was best known for capturing heartfelt moments of childhood. I adore her work, and wanted to point out that it is her little girl I have used as the central figure in my blog header.

Kristin xo


signed...bkm said...

Incrediable piece of work - love how it loops and the ending is fabulous with seeing the whole world in the palm of her hand...Bravo...it is such a beautiful and delicate illustration... and you captured it nicely.....blessings..bkm

Michelle said...

I need a Kristin button that I can press, cause everytime I come here, I just seem to be inspired and waffle on about how talented you are! I need a button that comes up with new and clever ways to express how talented you are!

soraya nulliah said...

Dear Kristen-thank you so much for visiting my blog and your kind and heartfelt words. Yes, it is difficult trying to balance motherhood and ...everything else. I imagine it gets easier and more difficult (all at the same time) as they get older!! I love the illustration you used in this post and...that you are inspired to keep on creating.

Anonymous said...

is there NO LIMIT to what you can do??? LOL

Mandy said...

hi....yet another beautiful, but oh so cute piece too...i just love the ending...one grain of sand...makes me think that we are that one grain of sand, so insignificant, but look at the beach, all the grains of sand together make one heck of a beautiful place....i too love this painting to bits...just googled some of her work...i ove al things kiddie so just adore her work...xxx

Jenny said...

Oh I love that image Kristin...it is so lovely and your verse is just wonderful...my fave little bit...we are everything, all that we need to be...I realized today on the edge of the sea...wonderful!!!
Jenny x

Amy said...

very sweet image! You have the bestest image's...

scrapwordsmom said...

I LOVE that line...And in one precious moment
Through just one grain of sand
I can sense the whole world
In the palm of my hand.

You are amazing!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

your imagination rocks.
love the magical feelings being in the ocean and have watery fun in your words...

brandi said...

While sifting life through my hands....

you move me with your way with words...i l♥ved everybit of what you did today...the last lines beyond powerful and deep...i tell ya...a childs book is coming your way...amazing one are you...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

K J D said...

Yours words are as beautiful as JWS's illustration. I especially love the last two verses.

ps did you live in the UK - only I think you said you missed it?


Trudy Callan said...

Well done. I felt like I was there.

Unknown said...

I love your poem...it makes me miss my real home with is the Oregon Coast...I wish I could go just let the sand run thru my hands and smell the ocean....it always makes me feel like a kid again....

Tess1960 said...

OMG, I am so impressed! This was absolutely fabulous. I loved the image you conjured, so magical. Well done, my dear, well done!!