Posted by: Viola | July 16, 2014

The Wisdom That Children Bring

The Wisdom That Children Bring
by Viola Allo

As babies, we come into the world with our fists tightly closed,
holding a secret, which is that we are complete as we are.
This is the beautiful truth we come into the world with.

As infants, we uncurl our fingers, open our palms, open our eyes
to a world awash with vibrant hues. We learn to walk. We begin to touch
a world that is an iridescent rainbow of colors.

Violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and every shade of each.
These are the colors of my world and yours, radiant and magical gifts
of a shimmering, poly-chromatic planet called Earth.

As we grow, the world teaches us that colors matter,
that colors have values—that one is better than another.
We learn to pick favorites, and we easily learn to feel incomplete.

We must return to the truth that all colors are flawless.
We can like the colors we like, but we must remember:
The yellow rose is no more lovely than the pink rose.

And no matter the varied colors of our skin, all are equally luminous.
And the same blue sky is the cooling cloth that soothes us all.
The same golden sun is the nourishing fire that warms us all.

Let’s honor and celebrate the beauty within ourselves and each other.
Let’s never let go of the profound truth that we are complete as we are.
This is the great wisdom that children bring into the world.


Commissioned for an elementary school student to read or recite at a language fair.
Theme for poetry: “Colors of Our World”
Crafted by Viola Allo on April 1, 2014. All rights reserved.
Contact the author for permission to use this poem.


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