A Child's View by Julie Marks

This is an etching of a young child’s view using symbolic images of doors, a key and rats on the stairway to express her perception of a time and place. The drawing of the child’s face is not finished and much of the meaning of this drawing is reflected in her eyes. How do you interpret what she sees and feels and what the symbols in this drawing represent? This details of this drawing are best viewed in the larger format. Thanks to Sally Omar for pairing her eloquent poem with
“A Child”s View."
So many questions..no answers yet
Times limitations..have not been set
Questioning eyes..filled with doubt
Not knowing yet..what life is about
There are doors..where secrets lie
Cannot determine..just why
A key to a heart..she is not really sure
Perhaps the key..is to a door
A door that will take her..to a different place
Where she will be grown..with a made-up face
Rats running past..or are they toys
Or do the rats..repesent little boys
The stairway goes up.. to another time
Will she be seven..or twenty-nine
A cloak covering life..she just can’t see
That’s because..she’s only three
So many questions..a life just begun
She should just play now..and have fun


  • Crockpot
    Crockpotalmost 7 years ago

    Wow… I can’t explain it, but this reminds me of something I experience during hypnosis once in a therapy session… very insightful on your part!

  • Faith Puleston
    Faith Pulestonalmost 7 years ago

    We can never know what a child really sees. Children are “impressionable”. They make observations they cannot interpret but which become part of a deep-seated, often inexplicable view on or interpretation of life. A baby has no language as yet. A baby is still listening and totally dependent on its environment and the nature of the people in its life. I have no idea whether we have a pre-existence or a reincarnation. My experiences of deja vu and seeing into the future have been few and far between (but actually quite impressive). This child may be recalling a dream of past or future. The stairs ascends but does not really go anywhere. The child is seemingly floating. There is a door bottom right and there seems to be a tunnel going under the stairway. There are pine trees and a wall. It is between inside and outside (I must get my painting on this them and make a sharp image then I’ll add it to my collection here). All very abstract in an infant mind, but maybe reminiscent or an interpretation of some recent incident. At the top of the image is a door – presumably at the top of the stairs, and there is a key, presumably to open the door. Maybe the infant is trying to decide whether to go through that door. If you read the short extract from my memoires here on red bubble you will find something similar. There, my “twin” decides not to go through that door. It has never been researched how much a baby in the womb can decide. Maybe some infants decide not to enter the world. Maybe this infant is making that decision………….

  • shapiro
    shapiroalmost 7 years ago

    Wonderful work! Very emotive and I will have to think about this! I shall visit this again, later!Sx

  • George  Link
    George Linkalmost 7 years ago


  • Larasolnishko
    Larasolnishkoalmost 7 years ago


  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusover 6 years ago

    Incredible etching and poem……….very creative and thought provoking!

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 6 years ago

    This is unbelievably beautiful. You say the drawing of the face is not finished: all the more of a dream. Lovely.

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