Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hunt And Gather


Mama don't mind
grass stained knees,
froggy fingernails,
or wind knotted hair.

Get closer, little girl.
Get closer.

Hunt and gather
all that's hidden

from more fearful,
faraway eyes.


For my daughter:



Submitted to Words Count at Real Toads and Open Link Night at dVerse.

39 comments:

Marian said...

i love this! aw!
i have a poem in my book that's made up of a bunch of kid-quotes from summer on the subject of EWWW BUGS. and i'm hoping that my daughter (who's turning SEVEN on thursday, awwww) is over her extreme fear of bugs phase, because it was, except for the poetry, unmanageable.

Susan said...

I like your illustrations here. Is the girl your daughter? How different from the directions I used to get to stay clean and don't touch. What a lucky child! Find everything that hides from hunters and tormentors as a wiser and fearless child.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm afraid 'fearful, faraway eyes' describes me, no matter how much I try to tell myself I'm silly.
I can see the beauty in the orange and white snake, but am constitutionally incapable of touching it.
My mother didn't mind us getting right in there with Mother Nature and coming home dirty, but I was terrified of going into our own cellar.
A wonderful prompt today, by the way, and your poem shows your wisdom as a mother.
K

Brian Miller said...

smiles...nice....i feel your heart for her in this a bit...getting your hands dirty and gaining experiences that will do her well in the days to come...

Ellecee said...

A wonderful poem for your daughter. She is a lucky little girl having a mother who believes in exploring nature.

ayala said...

aww nice, love the photograph :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Wow! She is brave!!
I love the link between illustration, poem and the photo of your daughter... Little alligators rock!

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Oh, what a contrast to my take! Such a sweet photo of your daughter. I have one somewhere of Riley holding a baby croc... And a friend and I used to wear her boa constrictors as necklaces (see Amy: The Lost Years when I was young and "immortal"!)

Thanks for the wonderful prompt and all the info that came with it, Mama! Peace, Amy

Claudia said...

what a brave girl...such a lovely pic...so very cool mz

hedgewitch said...

A love of all creatures great and small, and an insatiable curiosity--endearing and admirable--she's born to be a nerdy scientist chick, isn't she?

Helen said...

Little girl is mighty fortunate to have you for a mom!

Mary said...

She looks quite at ease with a snake! It IS good that she is not fearful or squeamish.

Todd Alan Kraft said...

Yes, we need to break down those silly stereotypes we haul around in a sack behind us. I especially liked "hunt and gather all that's hidden."

Raven said...

It is always the mother who stands in fear - and she the little one - the fearless.

emmett wheatfall said...

Gorgeous!!

Emma Major said...

really wonderful, she's mighty brave

Lolamouse said...

Most awesome! I tried to expose my daughter to nature at its best as well. Although she's icky about insects, she loves snakes!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Great sentiment, an economy of words that bespeaks true artistry (and a ruthless editing ability).

The pic of your daughter seals it - this was a joy.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Tis good that we encourage our children to 'hunt and gather all that's hidden... ..." as fear is gained on the back of lack of experience or knowledge.

Lovely photo - you are as blessed as is she.

Anna :o]

rowantaw.com said...

An absolutely gorgeous poem - made me feel so happy!

Fireblossom said...

Go, Baby Puppy! (And, go MZ, too, for being such a neat mom.)

pandamoniumcat said...

Cool poem...very much enjoyed!

Kim Nelson said...

The best of encouragement here.Lucky is the child so reared.

I have often wondered... fear is the opposite of love. Why, then, do so many instill it in others? An eternal conundrum.

Bodhirose said...

That's the way I grew up...grass stained and dirty fingernails (well, I always cleaned them). And enjoying the snakes that my older brother caught. That's a good Mama who lets their daughters get "down and dirty."

Wolfsrosebud said...

ah... a child after my heart... i have a grand daughter like that

Hannah said...

I don't mind em' either sweet Mama Zen!!! Excellent response and challenge!! Thank you so much. :)

janehewey said...

I love your sure voice here.
froggy fingernails and faraway eyes.
wonderful!

ninotaziz said...

I am with Kathe. I am okay with my girls going out on a limb - with their Dad. I am the scaredy cat!

Margaret said...

She's adorable... love dirty knees and fingernails. It means they are learning and exploring and enjoying life like children (and adults) should.

Ella said...

I love the photo and the joy in her face! So wonderful to be free to in heart n' mind! :D I love your poem!

Shawna said...

You are the best mother on earth. And kudos for teaching her to see what others do not. Is she a deep thinker like you?

Love this:
"Hunt and gather
all that's hidden
from more fearful,
faraway eyes."

Shawna said...

You are the best mother on earth. And kudos for teaching her to see what others do not. Is she a deep thinker like you?

Love this:
"Hunt and gather
all that's hidden
from more fearful,
faraway eyes."

Sharon Wagner said...

Hunt and Gather is a lovely ode to childhood discoveries.

Bar None Publishing Group said...

I love this. This truly inspires curiosity.
Cheers,
Mark Butkus

Herotomost said...

My son fits this to a tee, but not so much my daughter. We went roller blading on a path through the desert and there was an amazing hatch of blister beetles happening...they were creepy and she was unnerved to say the least...lol. Great prompt and great poem.

razzamadazzle said...

How fun! I love that she's encouraged to explore and be hands on.

kkkkaty said...

great post...not a lot of words used here to get the feelings across ..mother's love and daughter's courage.....;)

Sabio Lantz said...

Like you, I have a daughter who likes the dirt and animals -- hold bugs like they are her friends. Yuck! (and I'm a guy, supposedly)

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it! Let her explore!