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:: Guest Post by Kaya Simcoe, age 12 ::
It all started, with a diary entry.
It was a cool May day and I knew I needed to get my thoughts on paper.
I grabbed my journal with the elephant on the cover, and sat down on my favorite backyard swing. In pencil my words filled up two pages, ending with this:
“In conclusion, for now, a big word is change. And before it, I’ll add the word gentle. There. Gentle change.”
Right then and there, something sparked in my heart.
Later that day, I wrote a poem with Gentle Change as the title. I loved it, but I have loved a lot of poems in my life. Still, this one was still distantly special.
It was moving to me and exactly what I needed, and it turned out, was what a lot of people needed.
I took it to school with me the next day, and shared it with a few close family friends along with my own family. I was floored at their reaction, how it touched them in a way I didn’t know was possible.
Later, I began to write more poems and turned it into a series.
Well, to me it starts with a problem, or the wind, being turned into something beautiful, or the breeze.
It’s about loving yourself, challenging yourself, and coming back to yourself.
It’s about life, and wonder. It’s very dear to my heart, and sparks joy.
To you, it might mean something else. That’s what I love about Gentle Change! It crosses borders and applies to people uniquely.
I’m twelve. I have normal twelve year old concerns, like does folding my laundry really matter? Does kale added to my mashed potatoes make it a balanced meal?
I also wonder about bigger things than leafy greens and laundry. These come through in my poetry.
I love to write. I mean LOVE! I write pretty much every day, and it’s a true passion of mine.
I’m learning to let myself write when I want, and that it’s okay when it doesn’t turn out the way I’d hoped.
The reason I want to share Gentle Change with you is because it comes from my heart.
I hope it speaks to yours.
I have chosen three poems out of the series that I feel really highlights it.
Underneath their separate messages, one stays constant. Change is beautiful. Life is always moving, and only in one direction: forward.
I hope you enjoy!
Sweeps across you
Like the breeze
You never really notice
Until your breeze turns into the wind
Then back, forth, and over again
But that also means
That a big dandelion
Can turn into a small blown seed
That’s swept up in the wind of your change
Until it finds solid land, and begins to breathe
And that seed
Which was once caught in the wild wind
Will be planted deep into the earth
And the cycle continues with no end
So you see, my friend
The wild wind of your change
Can make miracles appear
Just don’t get lost in the crazy
The hazy storm of change
Remember that the wind was once a breeze
And it made miracles appear
So that one towering dandelion
That gives the wishing hope,
Will turn around
Smile and thank you
Your wild wind of change
Let it’s babies fly
They flew up,
Up into the sky
And ten more towering dandelions
And thank you
And your wild wind of change
Will blow into what it used to be
A gentle breeze, made to enjoy
For you, for us all, for me
What a fascinating idea
An idea that intrigues you
And begs for closer attention
And are dismayed to see
It’s murky, and brown
Not clear, like you thought it would be
You want instruction
Rules to follow
You love the idea
So why is it so hard to apply to tomorrow?
You sigh in frustration
Where will this end?
And just like that, you are spun on your head
A wind has been created once again
But ah ha…
look now, do you see the pattern?
And you’ll see,
When you look for perfection
In an imperfect world
Search for the usual
In a uniquely her own girl
You will find there is no such thing
And your gentle breeze is blown again
By now, you know what to do
You tell all the people that beg for your attention
You prioritize your obligations
-They’ll still be there when you get back!-
Take a moment by yourself
A moment to reflect
Close those doors
Be with who you need,
Recognize what fears are really yours
Right before your eyes!
The water clears
It’s a blessing in disguise!
It’s like a book in another language
But now you can read it
You realize, you know…
“Gentle Change” isn’t specific!
It’s a springboard for what you can discover
Take it as a metaphor,
but make up your own instructions
I promise you won’t regret it
Gentle change is here for you
It always will be
But it’s also a chance to step out,
To see all you can see
Explore the world
Reach every high
Soar through the sky
Do whatever your invisible compass,
Your heart tell you to do
But, I am going to be honest with you
You will fall down
You’ll make mistakes
But here’s the catch:
You will get up
You will find your place
In this world, there’s a lot to give
Experience it all
Drink in the bliss
Come back to YOU
Hug yourself tight
Know that night is always right before light
Come back to your passion
Your calling, your way
Instead of perfecting tomorrow,
This poem is specifically for girls my age, who are beginning to grow while still being a kid. You are beautiful and never forget your sparkle, girls!
Is going on inside of you
Going through, and through
And sometimes you don’t know what to do
Your feelings can spin
And so can your mind
That’s the time to come back to you,
Listening to the voice inside
Just as rain falls to make seeds bloom
It will happen to you
After the rain comes a rainbow,
And that’s important for you to know
Know that you are loved
Forever and ever and ever
Know that the moon shines on you,
My beautiful sky child
Like running through fields
Of flowers and butterflies
Like diving into the ocean,
Immersed in its watery goodness
Like a thousand butterflies
Migrating to their due course
Your heart will lead you
To your source
Your place of clarity
Wisdom and love
Where you can let everything you don’t need,
You can let it go to the above
And, I want you to know
That no matter what
I love you
Through and through
Forever and ever
Up to the moon
And back a thousand billion times
Hi! My name is Kaya Simcoe, and I am 12 years old. I love writing, art, music, reading, yoga, and interior design. If you want to read my other writing, you can find me in the July issue of Highlights Magazine, and in a yet-to-be-determined issue of Stone Soup Magazine.
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