#SOL15.Genius.Among.Us

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And one day soon, when they are in awe of you…
When they rise to their feet to applaud you
And gasp when they see you

I’ll tell them that genius takes time to bake
Requires mindful, quiet steps
Space
Time to rise and brown and bask in warmth

I’ll tell them that the times they were clamoring in the kitchen
Stomping loudly and worrying
That they should have excused themselves to play outside or to watch
Patiently
quietly.

It’s easy to question the pace of nature
When wires pop, fizzle and snap to have our attention.
But I like watching you think
Create
Dream

I like hearing the words tumble out of your mouth like acrobats,
delightful clowns, untamed lions, dragons,
daring mysteries
imaginative fantasies that for you, walk a thin line into the world we share.

I know when I speak to you
That I’m distracting you from something amazing—

I’m honored when you pause
Moreover when you share

You are amazing

And whether this world feels like 200 mph traffic blazing around you
Or is too boring to bear

My hope is that you’ll find yourself comfortable and radiant in your own beautiful skin

That you will evolve as you were made to be—
AWESOME.
AWE INSPIRING.

I have no doubt about you.

You’re like the old man with the ladder, in a constant dream state
Dreams so vivid they mirror life

And like the old man with the ladder, one day—

You’ll save us all.

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3 thoughts on “#SOL15.Genius.Among.Us

  1. marc-aureled March 16, 2015 / 1:14 am

    I love the images you have created with your poem! My favorite line is “I’ll tell them that genius takes time to bake
    Requires mindful, quiet steps” Such a powerful way to express how we need to wait to let kids develop.

  2. LSquared March 16, 2015 / 1:35 am

    These words brought me closest to the little person genius —
    But I like watching you think
    Create
    Dream
    I like hearing the words tumble out of your mouth

  3. Mary Beth Steven March 16, 2015 / 2:05 am

    Yes! Yes! I feel that too when I look at students. I worry that school is becoming so data driven and scripted (math program, reading program, writing program) that there is guilt in providing think time and dream time and drawing time and writing time. Genius needs time to roll in the grass and ponder, to try out an idea and then to rework it. Beautifully written!

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