Sunday, February 7, 2010


Brenda Bryant



At the children's playground I spied this masquerade;
Spider-like and yet a trampoline.
And I wondered what the children thought when they scrambled up on it;
Surely the strangest insect ever seen.
Did they see a giant spider, and clamber on its web?
Did they bounce on it to show their lack of fear?
Did they giggle with excitement at their game of 'let's-pretend'
As they waited for the Spider to appear?
We can never think as children think; those thoughts are truly gone,
And we cannot quite remember what we thought.
Imagining was part of it, of that we may be sure
But our memories are of an adult sort.
It could be that the children don't think very much at all
As they gambol in this pleasant parkland scene.
Maybe little Johnny just looks at it and says
'I think I'll bounce on that old trampoline!'

Another matter-of-fact child here:


Jim said...

This is an interesting shot.
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Margaret Gosden said...

What a beautiful looking trampoline - art in the corner of the garden!