See that girl playing on the grass?
Smiling, laughing, catching butterflies.
She’s so happy, innocent and free.
She’s as careless as only child can be.
Spreading all her optimism around,
Counting dots on tiny ladybugs,
You can feel it, smell it in the air
Wishing you were a child playing next to her.
Leave your worries and troubles aside
Today you are seven, this one more time
You’re allowed to jump into puddles after a rainy day
You can roll over on the grass or with mud play.
Feel wet drops falling from the sky on your skin,
Lose your shoes and touch the Earth with your bare feet.
At the end of a rainbow search for a pot of gold,
Or look for a four-leaf clover, it brings luck you were told.
Turn your face towards the warm sun
Let its rays smudge your skin with a tan.
Let a snowflake melt down in your hand
Let the cold embrace you on a windy day.
Find the good in every little thing you see.
Whatever happens, don’t fight it just let it be.
Smile at strangers and make their day,
Some of them need it more than they would say.
You cannot see into human hearts
But a nice word is always a good start.
A hug, a smile it’s all that it takes
To lift up a heart that is about to break.
Now seeing through child’s eyes again today
Think what you have learnt from each of your mistakes.
And in this world full of deception, tragedies and lies…
Remember the little girl catching butterflies.
Copyright by Anna E. R. Walczak
Somewhere on the Baltic Sea
Special dedication to Eliza Madejska