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I thought I heard innocence

by Amy Niggel

I forgot what innocence looked like,
I was reminded this morning,
as the golden sunlight danced on the blue carpet
he watched it with fascination,
trying to hold it,
at first I wanted to correct him,
tell him you cannot touch sunlight
then I got to thinking,
isn't that what we all should be trying to do?
Shouldn't we all be looking for some way to hold it?
have that light in our hands forever
so I sat there with him and watched the sunlight
as it danced I thought I heard laughter
I thought I heard music
I thought I heard innocence.

12/03/2002

Author's Note: Dedicated to working at the daycare and never ceasing to be amazed by the kids I work with. I work with a two year old child who is the only one in his family that can hear, both parents and his older brother are fully deaf. He is an amazing kid. I work with him on speech patterns and his signing, the only reason I paused to look at the sun was because I wanted to explain it to him, but I couldn't think of how to sign it so he would understand.(I am admittedly not very good at sign). He taught me a greater lesson than I could have ever hoped to teach him that morning.

Posted on 12/03/2002
Copyright © 2021 Amy Niggel

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rommel Cruz on 12/06/02 at 11:48 AM

i like watching kids, especially my nephew (but of course when they're not crying. lol). they just calm me and make me real happy and peaceful and bring back some innocence to me.

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