Will you teach the children the joys of climbing trees
To look at birds nests, the pale, pink and speckled eggs,
Nestling within a tightly knit nest of complex patterns?
Will you show them the joys of chicks that hatch, the
Thrill of flight, anxious parents that watch them dip and slip,
Rise on trembling wings that soar, to seek the sky ahead?
Will you make them listen to the rooster crow, greet the rising sun
With a Cock A Doodle Do (the real one not the canned one)?
Or tell them - a scraped shin wouldn't matter just the one!
Will you tell your little ones to throw their cares and fears to
The winds, to gambol in the fields like lambs, toss and
Tumble without care, play and eat of the sweet grass?
I would rather have trees and nests, green fields, and
Lambs that play than drab, frightening boxes of concrete -
Prisons to trap the children and make them repeat what to
Is taught, like mechanical parrots!
I would rather have the rooster and the sun,
The blue sky and the eggs than the mechanical processes that
Churn out copy-cats and conformists, mere robots, machines
That duplicate movements meant to create more of their kind!
I would rather have the green fields and the cool
Breeze to caress my cheeks rather than the canned air in boxed
Rooms that feed a staleness that stinks of decay and deviousness.
The rooster's cry, Alas! I hear no more and the birds have flown away!
Lambs now gambol in laptops and tablets,
Trees are climbed no more, children have better things to do!
The rooster's cry is heard from tinny speakers, but none do hear it,
The children are too mature today to climb trees or play with lambs.
Don't tell me that children are not children anymore, or they have
Better things to do! If they cannot climb trees or lie in green fields,
Or hear not the rooster crow, what then do they do? Where has
The innocence of childhood fled, if not to pore over screens that
Flicker and spit, ruin innocent minds with loads of information,
The forbidden fruit that robs the young of sweetness so rare!
Oh, the freedom of childhood, the joys of learning, who a greater
Teacher than Nature can be in whose lap one might
Learn great things? With trees for books, hatching chicks for
Lessons, climbing of trees for exams, might one look for
A better childhood?