Thursday, March 8, 2012

What limits?

Can you give me a one-by-three, red?
How about the hinge piece, in grey?
I need an angle, in blue, but three wide.
Right angles, stacking on top, below.

Some special, some classic.
Given enough pieces and enough time
would a six year old build the universe?

Some from new sets, others so old.
Given enough pieces and enough time
would Daddy build a masterpiece?

Some limits are by scale and size.
Who has room for the whole ship
on the kitchen floor, where we walk?

Some limits are by imagination and age.
Who can imagine what they cannot
picture in their minds fertile and bold?

Movies made in stop action, car chase
sound effects for a space movie
cause that's all you know how to make,

If we are limited by only our heart
and by our imagination then why
are we not changing the world yet?

What if the limits that hold us back
are nothing stronger than the fears
that kept someone back before?

If a mustard seed sized faith does
mountains move, then what does
a faith the size of a one by one stud do?

Love, life and Lego...inspired by my son, playing on the floor, having a Castle, Ninja, Star Wars and Indiana Jones imagination extravaganza with an audience of dogs while the winter sun casts shadows on a drifted yard.  



23 comments:

Heaven said...

A lot of things we can do we don't limit ourselves. I like the image of the mustard seed sized faith moving mountains ~

Beautiful ~

Mystic_Mom said...

Thanks Heaven for coming by :-) It is a boundless world if we let our imaginations and hands work together...!

Brian Miller said...

nice....ok first nice millenium falcon...we got one of those for christmas...a beast to build...smiles....

as to your poem, nice...i think in many ways it is our fears that hold us back...and if we got passed them we would change the world...

Mystic_Mom said...

Brian - the Falcon wasn't too bad, after building both the Black Pearl and Queen Anne's Revenge pirate ships for 'Santa'! LOL...and the Falcon rocks! :-D

And I think you are so right, it is our fears that hold us back, and what shame because so many wonderful, creative dreams are snuffed out before they get a chance to shine. We gotta make sure our kids don't give up, they can change the world!

Helen said...

Your poem is so thought provoking ...

'If we are limited by only our heart
and by our imagination then why
are we not changing the world yet?'

Great question.

Mystic_Mom said...

Helen - thank you for coming by and thanks for your comment...

Peggy said...

Good questions! I like your approach to limits. The photo of the Legos really takes me back to when my son loved building with them!

Mystic_Mom said...

Peggy - Lego's are awesome! We still play with them, my hubby had all of his to add to the collection. So glad you came by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

Loredana Donovan said...

Lovely poem. I like the metaphor of "building." Yes, we can change the world, one lego piece at a time. :) And the mustard seed reference is one of my favorite passages from the Bible. Thanks for sharing :)

Mystic_Mom said...

Loredana - Thank you for coming by! It is great to meet you, glad you enjoyed the read.

Hannah said...

"If we are limited by only our heart
and by our imagination then why
are we not changing the world yet?"

Yes, a resounding yes!! We should be able to change the world.

I love what you see in the ordinary life, Shanyn, the parallel is profound!

Laurie Kolp said...

This is great. I really like the last two stanzas and the new look of this blog.

Mary Mansfield said...

Wonderful poem! Reminds me much of my daughter, who combines different stories into one consolidated adventure on a daily basis...if only we could hold onto the imaginative powers we all had as children.

Herotomost said...

Can't tell you how much I enjoyed the contemplativeness of this one. Killer concept and it came from playing Legos's. This I love.....

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the question "then why are we not changing the world yet?" Awesome writing......love the final stanza.

Daydreamertoo said...

The only limits we place on ourselves is the fear of failure?
Lovely thoughts Shanyn.

Aidz Giannini said...

Loving the legos link, bugger to step on in the middle of the night

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is an amazing piece - the poem seemed to build up piece by piece, line by line. Such wonderful thoughts about the world seen through a young person's eyes.

Marian said...

good questions! and your kid should hook up with my kids. legos rule our house!

Mystic_Mom said...

you all totally rock for your comments and for stopping by to read...many thanks~!

Fred Rutherford said...

I love the spatial references here, so nicely done. There's also a few sections that are very philosophical, which I love, especially the question lines. Great read. Thanks

shawnacy said...

Lego Falcon FTW!
love this. Legos are big around our house, and have become one of my favorite modern metaphors for creativity and unconventional thinking.
marvelous exploration on the theme.

Raining Iguanas said...

It has been awhile since I've visited. I scroll down a post or two and read this piece. You brought Legos to life as well as any special effects commercial. You truly see beyond the surface. I must not stay away so long.

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