Thursday 25 August 2011

My Treasures

I went out to lunch the other day to catch up with my friend Sammi, who had just passed her A levels. She was telling me about the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling; which she had read alongside other poems lately to keep her mind challenged since she had stopped revising for her A levels. I read it today and I did find it was an interesting poem with mind-probing ideas and written well. I decided to entertain myself by reading a few more poems and stumbled across this poem that I
enjoyed reading therefore I thought I would share it with you.

MY TREASURES by Robert Louis Stevenson
These nuts, that I keep in the back of the nest,
Where all my tin soldiers are lying at rest,
Were gathered in Autumn by nursie and me
In a wood with a well by the side of the sea.
This whistle we made (and how clearly it sounds!)
By the side of a field at the end of the grounds.
Of a branch of a plane, with a knife of my own,
It was nursie who made it, and nursie alone!
The stone, with the white and the yellow and grey,
We discovered I cannot tell HOW far away;
And I carried it back although weary and cold,
For though father denies it, I'm sure it is gold.
But of all my treasures the last is the king,
For there's very few children possess such a thing;
And that is a chisel, both handle and blade,
Which a man who was really a carpenter made

What I love about this poem is that it took me right back to when I was a child and would find something small and insignificant to others but to me it was so special and valuable, giving me so much joy to have. That is a wonderful ability that most children have, no wonder they have so much fun. This also gives one of many reasons to explain why God wants us to become like children to enter His kingdom. When I on purpose look for the beauty around me, I find God does reveal so much more little things that people tend to overlook because of the 'busyness syndrome' that I do receive a lot of joy from. Perspective is everything I'm coming to learn. On another note if you have any poems that you liked reading, share them with me! I'd love to check them out :)

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