2013 Buffalo Commons Kidsfest Group Poem

Sarah McKinstry-Brown led an inspiring session for children during KidsFest at the 2013 Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival, including reading from Shel Silverstein and her own work. The kids wrote  following collaborative poem, inspired by  Sarah McKinstry-Brown’s “The Farmer’s Heaven”. 

The Heaven of Children 

The children wake in the morning

to the smell of chocolate fields being harvested.

They open their eyes and see a blue tractor.

They’re so excited,

because they’re going to swim in a milkshake today.


After the swim, they grow purple, gold, green,

orange, red, rainbow, and pink wings

and fly to Costa Rica, where they ride rainbow gumdrops

and a unicorn made of cotton candy with a Kit Kat horn.

They lick the unicorn’s mane, and, surprise, it tastes


like chocolate! The unicorn flies them to a licorice zip line

where the wind blows through their hair and they hear the

milk waterfall splashing into the river. They look up

and see the dreaded Red Gummy Bear. Now their candy cane sword

comes in handy, and they shoo him away, because it’s bedtime


and they want to get back to their gingerbread house

where their cotton candy bed lies and where they will

dream of the fun they had today, because in the Heaven of Children

your dreams come true.


Written by:

Kacy Anderson 

Kyra Arasmith

Nicole Ellis

João Pedro Janes

Sarah McKinstry-Brown

Jack Siegfried

Ellie Siegfried

Owen Smith

Cheyenne Smith

Ben Sommerich

Eli Sommerich

Gunther Spry

Kyleigh Ulmer




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