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Slugs will fly, by Jack aged 7

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As a father of four, I often find scraps of paper lying around the house, the output of my kid's imagination - crayon sketches of weird monsters and Nintendo characters, strange couplets involving cheat codes and comic balloons, mostly indecipherable.

Over dinner tonight, I found a drawing leaning against the salt cellar, with some writing on the back, and when I asked, my second eldest son Jack said it was his - a poem about an imaginary world. He's 7 years old, currently with no front teeth. I wanted to share it.

Slugs will fly,

Birds go slow,

Paths will go high,

Rainbows stay low.

Gravity is gravy,

Doughnuts eat people,

And - well - people don't have a long life.

Isn't that precious? Of course, this is also from the boy who became the talk of the First Grade mother's club by declaring that:

Love is when two people meet and fly away like magical ponies in their dreams.

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13 Comments

He's something special, that's for sure..last week he looked at me and said, "Mommy, the world is happy to have you..". :)

said CindylovesScara on March 9, 2009 9:32 PM.

Awww....
(Scara, maybe he can write you some good lines)

Is he available to write poetry/scripts for grown men? I have a friend who has a guy who could use a few pointers...

said sarcastic one on March 9, 2009 10:24 PM.

Do I have permission to turn this into a song?

said Echowood on March 9, 2009 10:43 PM.

Not only precious, but damn creative, too! Just don't put him to work writing ad copy. That will destroy his soul.

said Miss Cellania on March 9, 2009 11:29 PM.

Or blogging.

said Scaramouch on March 9, 2009 11:50 PM.

It appears that your child has a window into my daily life. Too bad I've never been able to sum it up so succinctly.

I think you should wank that child's poetry like he is your legacy.

said Tim on March 9, 2009 11:57 PM.

Jack's poem made my day. Thanks for posting it.

said Chad on March 10, 2009 7:54 AM.

Beautifully said, Tim. I keep thinking "You know, Gravity IS like gravy - huh!"

said Scaramouch on March 10, 2009 1:12 PM.

I think "gravity is gravy" means that life on earth wouldn't be the same without either one....

said sarcastic one on March 10, 2009 1:47 PM.

One thing is undeniable: The more gravy I consume, the more gravity is an issue and every time I look in the mirror, the more it appears that the doughnuts I eat are actually eating me.

Very insightful child.

said Tim on March 10, 2009 1:48 PM.

Of course.... Gravity is gravy when you take it away.

(subtle)

said Scaramouch on March 10, 2009 4:43 PM.

Very clever, Scaramouch.

said Tim on March 10, 2009 5:04 PM.

(I think that Scara wrote the poetry and gave credit to his son so we'd give him our honest opinion of it...shhhh.....)

said sarcastic one on March 10, 2009 5:17 PM.
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