Converting to childhood

22 Mar

Converting to Childhood

Jesus: “… unless you are converted and become as little children
you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:3

You lose sophistication and veneer
and become clear
sing, skip and play
easily laugh and cry
then fall asleep without a care
for Daddy is nearby.

No longer do you worry
about whether there will be
food to eat, clothes to wear
how to get from here to there.

You’re malleable clay again
learning your family’s ways and graces.
And once again you fit
into small places.

© 2007 by V. Nesdoly

This poem was first published on the Utmost Christian Writer site as a merit award winner in the 2007 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest. It is also part of the anthology Inscribed: 30 Years of Inspiring Writers (2010). The photo is my grandson, crawling in and out…


This poem is linked to One Shot Wednesday – Week 38 at One Stop Poetry


Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Religious


12 responses to “Converting to childhood

  1. Maureen

    March 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    What a charming and lyrical poem, Violet.


  2. vnesdoly

    March 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Why thank you, Maureen!


  3. dustus

    March 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Captures that carefree age, wondrous age. Nicely done.


  4. brian

    March 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    smiles. i want to be a kid again! if nothing else than to be better at hide and seek…


  5. Reflections

    March 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Love the rhythm, and smiles to becoming worry-free, care-free… to becoming a kid again!


  6. tolbert

    March 23, 2011 at 3:09 am

    learning your family’s ways and graces.
    And once again you fit
    into small places.

    I love the last lines and somehow it creates a longing to do just that, to ‘fit into small places’ and walk accordingly:

    “He has shown you, O man, what is good;
    And what does the LORD require of you
    But to do justly,
    To love mercy,
    And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8


    • vnesdoly

      March 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks, Tolbert! Your interpretation is bang on. The verse you quote says it perfectly.


  7. gautami tripathy

    March 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

    To be a child again and to fit into a small place, how I wish!

    Great piece!

    the beast demands


  8. ThirtyCreative

    March 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Really nice entry!


  9. wolfsrosebud

    March 24, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Lessons we can all learn. Nice job.


  10. raisethegaze

    March 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Loved those lines … evoking wistful, innocent longings of pure moments that bring delightful satisfaction with simple things!



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