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.
João Pedro Janes