Little Introduction Poem

herein below
lies a child's manifesto
on how it's best to Grow
through Play

It came about one day
in the strangest of ways

as I endeavored to keep
the Humdrum away

I invite you to read it!
And sign if you like,
by means of the guestbook below.

Perhaps it will help
keep your child alive,
and a beautiful world
we'll grow.



 

A child's manifesto


when i was a boy
i was given a toy
and was told to Go and Play

...but as I grew older
the 'grown-ups' got bolder
and said, "Put that toy away!"

"We've got things to do, and places to be!
There an it that we thing that we have to at three!
Now stop playing around, you're annoying me!"

I know
it's hard
to even read...

...it's sad to think
this could come to be...

...but really
I'm glad
'cause that's why I am me.

For so I learned
year after year
that my wonderful Play 
I must keep near
almost a secret
kept safe in my Heart
so I never
(ever)
lose the Art...


...and though one time
it almost went away...


...I held to it tight
with all of my might...


And, though it flickered,
almost out of sight 
I still held it close
to be
one day
bright

 
...
 
and now
I can say
 to this very day
I have managed to keep 
the Humdrum at bay!

So now I'll tell you Something
about what it means to be Me
 what it means to be You
and how it feels to be Free:



Sharing play

I happily share it
when I find a Friend 
who I know will keep it
for others, to lend.

 And while we are Playing
the 'other', we see
is in fact just a Friend
that Play has set free.

What a wonderful moment!
At one with the Trees,
aware in these moments
that clearly, we see.

And so, I declare,
to all those who read
this child's manifesto
written for thee:



(ahem)



MAY PLAY BE FOUND EVERYWHERE
Toujours Gratuit!
And let us strive for the day
when all of us Play
and simply 
learn
to be

You are hereby invited to sign the child's manifesto by means of leaving a comment below. By signing said document above you are magically transformed once more into the child you were before the idea of 'grown-up' took away any of the fun and fantasy of life.

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  • Jesse
    Jesse Waterloo, ON
    Play is one of the things I believe in the most. It is a critical tool for so many life situations! I'm learning about the balance between things these days, and so I am finding that play is often well-balanced with thoughtfulness. I love the results that come from growing it as an internal state: it becomes a permanent part of how I feel about life! That's what you see when a person's eyes twinkle: they are playing inside. Thanks for nurturing play brother, and remember: there are positive things that come from adulthood too. Innocence is that much more beautiful when it comes as a conscious choice after experience. Luv and Majik! Jesse gARTh

    Play is one of the things I believe in the most. It is a critical tool for so many life situations! I'm learning about the balance between things these days, and so I am finding that play is often well-balanced with thoughtfulness. I love the results that come from growing it as an internal state: it becomes a permanent part of how I feel about life! That's what you see when a person's eyes twinkle: they are playing inside. Thanks for nurturing play brother, and remember: there are positive things that come from adulthood too. Innocence is that much more beautiful when it comes as a conscious choice after experience.

    Luv and Majik!

    Jesse gARTh

  • Keenan
    Keenan Earth
    This is the first real manifesto signature, if I am being honest. Those comments below were made on a brief experimental page of the past, titled "Guestbook". Donc, ils n'ont pas des signatures pour le manifeste, mais simplement des comments de mes amis qui sont vraiment cool. Donc deux, maintenent, je veux faire un déclaration que: Keenan Reimer-Watts ___________________ is a signatory of the child's manifesto. It is written: I am proud to remain a child, live as a child, and love as a child. I will play a lot for a long time and I hope that you do too.

    This is the first real manifesto signature, if I am being honest.

    Those comments below were made on a brief experimental page of the past, titled "Guestbook".

    Donc, ils n'ont pas des signatures pour le manifeste, mais simplement des comments de mes amis qui sont vraiment cool.

    Donc deux, maintenent, je veux faire un déclaration que:

    Keenan Reimer-Watts
    ___________________

    is a signatory of the child's manifesto.

    It is written: I am proud to remain a child, live as a child, and love as a child. I will play a lot for a long time and I hope that you do too.

  • Robert Dvorkin
    Robert Dvorkin Ottawa
    it takes a freak to know a freak

    it takes a freak to know a freak

  • Erik
    Erik Ottawa
    Hi Keenan, wow! This site is wonderful, but that should be no surprise since everything you do is wonderful. I hope you're doing well. Big love from Ottawa.

    Hi Keenan, wow! This site is wonderful, but that should be no surprise since everything you do is wonderful. I hope you're doing well. Big love from Ottawa.

  • Dana
    Dana Asheville, NC
    What was I doing just looking at your YouTube page?! This webpage is a hidden gem! May the liberating and pervading presence of love sustain your creative spirit as you, and others, work to blend who you have been and who you are, with what we all can be. Power to the Peaceful!

    What was I doing just looking at your YouTube page?!
    This webpage is a hidden gem! May the liberating and pervading presence of love sustain your creative spirit as you, and others, work to blend who you have been and who you are, with what we all can be. Power to the Peaceful!

  • Richard
    Richard Victoria,BC
    Hi Keenan! I like your new website! Thanks for the virtual tour and all of your interactive mediums. Love Richard.

    Hi Keenan!
    I like your new website!
    Thanks for the virtual tour and all of your interactive mediums.
    Love
    Richard.

  • Keenan
    Keenan Earth
    Hi Keenan, Just writing to say hello! I hope you're doing well. It's pretty neat that this guestbook exists! I knew I'd beat you to it, signing it first. Anyways, I'm going to go for a walk. Love the site, way to go. Love! Keenan

    Hi Keenan,

    Just writing to say hello! I hope you're doing well. It's pretty neat that this guestbook exists! I knew I'd beat you to it, signing it first. Anyways, I'm going to go for a walk. Love the site, way to go.

    Love!
    Keenan