Since I Was A Child

A Poem by Victoria Lynn Hall

What has my smile lost
since I was a child?
Was it something innocent or knowing?
Or something primal, something wild?

Did I learn my lessons
at the expense of my questions
Did comfort replace curiosity?

How often did I accept the answer
that I wanted to hear
For the sake of security?

Did I leave behind in my youth
A mind that knew a deeper truth
to adjust to a more shallow circumstance?

Did I learn how to walk and then run
to get somewhere or to someone
and forget how to stand still or to dance?

What have my tears lost?
What have the years cost?
What do we forget about life
as we learn how to live?

Between the data we teach to them
and the dogma we preach to them
Do we somehow take from a child
more than we give?

What if they are the ones
with the wisdom for which we yearn
What if it was they who came to teach
What we forgot we even need to learn?

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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