Phenomenon of Wonder
We are born creatures of why
flush with heightened awareness
plump with inquisitiveness encased in new flesh.
In our nakedness we explore the world with instinct.
Our tiny hands reach,
learn to cling to the resonance of another
first grip around our guardian’s finger
flexing then tightening our grasp
never wanting to release the connection.
Our eyes meet their’s, hold the stare
we have yet to learn to turn away.
We memorize our mother’s milky scent
before our eyes adjust to more
than swirls of shape and shadow
before facial recognition comes into focus.
We are charmed by curiosity
welcome anything that we can scoop
and pull to our drool glistened lips
tasting life with the ripeness of early existence.
We are pure wonder
but then cognition occurs
and the walls begin to form.
The Summer Gazebo Readings are held each Monday evening at 7pm in June, July & August. Each evening 4-5 authors and poets share their work from our Gazebo on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside, NY. SGR is produced by the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside. Funds raised through sponsorships help send underprivileged kids to Kamp Kiwanis each summer. This summer marks our 7th season!