Friday, January 28, 2011
If a child never sees beauty,
If a child never hears kindness,
If a child never feels compassion,
If a child is never touched,
If a child solely experiences abuse,
If a child never knows faith,
However, if a child is denied
If a child never sees beauty, then as an adult the world will be gray.
If a child never hears kindness, then it as an adult will become deaf to words.
If a child never feels compassion, then as an adult can it be humane?
If a child is never touched, then as an adult will become a void.
If a child solely experiences abuse, is that not all it will give?
If a child never knows faith, can he truly have hope?
However, if a child is denied…
The beauty of a book,
The kindness of a “Thank You,”
The compassion of a hug,
The tenderness of a tear,
The fear of the fist,
That ray of light which drives us all through the darkness,
What truly have we nurtured?
Have we nurtured?
If by chance a child does receive all that is good about nurturing, and yet is stifled because of social status; then possibly we, as a society have failed at parenting?
We as writers, all want our works to reach the world. We want our books to be read and cherished, we want our words to be held and quoted. Can we achieve this if social status dictates who has the ability to read them?
Sorry, my soap box for the weekend. I am appalled at news bits here in the US that seems as though we are still living in the 50’s. That we have yet to grow past bigotry, that the land of the free is only free if you are white, think like everyone else and know exactly where your social place is.
Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this picture?
I hope everyone has a wonderful, warm, dry weekend and I see you here again Monday.