Aftermath: The forgotten

Correlation, by Douglas Pinson. Digital painting, 2022.

Scientific Method

They play they learn
They learn because they play

They assume we will protect them
They assume they are safe

At least for a time —
The fears of a child waver
Come and go
Rise and fall

The fears of a child hover
In the air above their dreams
The tasks at hand
The moments they love

The painting on the desk
The numbers on the page
The language module
In their ears

They are open to the world
In ways we forget
Open to all of it
Their joy their curse

We forget our childhood
And endanger theirs
Constantly
We forget what they need

Above all else:
Sanctuary

Above all else
We want our own toys

 

— by Douglas Pinson