Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer games

The creek plays catch-me-
if-you-can with the mangroves.
Summer is such fun.

The shadows and the
sun play games of hide-and-seek.
Summer is such fun.

The whistling wind plays
Chinese whispers with the trees.
Summer is such fun.

All hearts play follow-
the-leader with the koel.
Summer is such fun.

Scented flowers play
blind man's buff with butterflies.
Summer is such fun.

These were inspired by Children's Games (Kinderspiele), the 1560 painting by Peter Brueghel the Elder, now at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. I wonder how many of these games are still known to today's children?

An explanation of some of these games can be found at the website of the Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games.

Picture Credit:-
Wikimedia Commons.


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