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Little child, born big-eyed and full of wonder
because you were created, above all things,
to trust and dream —
believe, and stir up your dreams.
Go out and gaze at the infinite ocean of stars
and see what a dream can do!
And when you see a rainbow,
or look at the light in a dog’s eye,
laugh at the hardness of the world
and remember to keep dreaming
your beautiful dreams.
Life shall teach you many things,
even if you stir your heart just half awake.
Look! many delicate snowflakes
can bind together
to be an earth-shaking avalanche.
Listen, soft water and wind
shall in time wear away stone.
And your dreams,
though they be as insubstantial as wind,
if you give your green life
to birth them—shall live!
And they shall grow their own life
and slowly bring a fire down upon you!
But never be afraid
of that dream-born fire that burns
to make your dreams brighter
and to melt your heart
until it flows as soft as your dreams:
just grow on,
and suckle long on that vision
which made
the Earth, and sea, and stars…
And your dreams,
—when they stand as true as the sun—
shall gain the power of a miracle
to entwine with other dreamer’s dreams
and slowly move the whole
world out into beauty’s light.


Blake Steele

Molkom, Sweden

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I wrote a lot of poetry for children many years ago. This is one about dreaming, applicable for the secret child in us all… we dreamers of a better world.

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