Curious Young Boys

A curious boy, M. Mair, original art

A Curious Boy, Margaret Mair, original art

Bless
Curious young boys
Exploring
A still-new world,
Immersed in
An ever-expanding
Universe
Replete with
A palate-full of colors,
A tumult of sound,
An invitation of aromas,
Filled with
A steady undercurrent
Of movement,
Rushes, pauses,
Sudden stillnesses,
With
Intriguing patterns
Waiting to be found.

Bless
Curious young boys
Listening to
Birds
Singing, trilling, calling,
Frogs
Croaking, peeping, whistling,
Dogs
Barking, yipping, growling,
Vehicles
Rushing, thumping, roaring,
Voices
Speaking, mumbling, shouting,
Plants
Rustling, creaking, soughing,
Heartbeat, drumbeat,
All blending into
The music of their lives.

Bless
Curious young boys
Climbing, digging,
Touching, feeling,
Peering, poking,
Exploring;
Examining
Rocks, plants, creatures,
Gazing
At skies, clouds, stars,
Seeking out
All manner of
Novel things that,
Twisted, turned, prodded,
Reveal themselves
More fully
To wondering eyes.

Bless
Curious young boys
Eager noses
Tuning to
Unanticipated whiffs,
Wafts of subtle scents
That tell of
Rain whispering closer,
Hard, dry, sun-baked earth,
Water kissing land,
Flowers sweetly passed,
Damp, moldy leaves
Lying in
Gutters and corners,
City streets and people
Steaming in
Shimmering summer heat;
Nostrils flaring at
The funky scent
Of the scavenging skunk
Tracing a fragrant route
Nearby.

Bless
Curious young boys
With sensitive tongues
Tasting
Salt sea’s tang,
Fresh water’s sweet softness,
Ripe berries’ wet sweetness,
Sudden bitterness, sourness;
Exploring,
Savouring
All manner of
Flavors and textures
Spreading
For the first time
Across innocently
Expectant taste buds.

Bless
Curious young boys
Exploring;
May they grow into
Old men
Wise
In the many
Ways of their world.

Written by Margaret Mair
Picture, original art by Margaret Mair

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