I’ve been playing around quite a bit lately with erasure and found poetry. Today I constructed a cento (a collage poem) made from words/phrases found in The Outdoor Life of Children by Charlotte Mason (a British educator from the last century).
The Outdoor Life of Children
A child has a natural interest in living things
Some children are born naturalists
A very prophet of nature
Communing with the larger Mother
Unbounded interest and delight
Capers about in endless ecstasy.
Drop seeds of truth into the open soul of the child
Make full use of opportunities
Watching the ways of sparrows
Infuse into them
A seed of sympathy
A love of investigation.
The sense of beauty comes from early contact with nature
A boudoir full of shells and fossils
Flowers and seaweeds
The movements of the bird, cloud, lamb, child
Unspeakable awe and delight
He is in bliss
The sad child-life from which bees and birds and flowers are shut out.
Let him work with things
Not with signs
The things of Nature in their own places
Meadow and hedgerow
Woods and shore.
Cherish in each child
Their capacity of being pleased
Children are storing up memories of a happy childhood
Every hour spent in the open air is clear gain