On dull days
when the sun
absconds from sky,
when grey grinds
gloom into gutters
and mothers utter
‘stay inside’,
children’s minds
flutter to unfold
like umbrellas opening;
colours cascading
over concrete clutter
like candy to calm
a calamity.

In the midst
of the mundane
and the murky,
inspiration catches
on the canvas of creation
like wings willing
to cut through clouds
and gain the grace
of the sun.

Children’s minds,
so magnificent,
hold matter so magical
that ordinary moments
can become such
extraordinary miracles.

All words and photograph by Damien B. Donnelly

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    1. Thank you- there is some amazing graffiti around Paris and this one just called out to me to be photographed and used!! Flying fish indeed!!

  1. Reblogged this on Exploring Colour and commented:
    After setting up my first ever blog (about exploring colour) and makng my first post I set out to explore other blogs and found this delightful urban mural in Paris and accompanying poem, the first “find” in my journey of exploration and discovery into colour. It made me very happy. Thank you deuxiemepeau

    1. It’s my pleasure and a total honor to be a part of your blog- looking forward to watching it fill with colour. Best wishes damien

      1. Thank you damien. Your reply came so quickly and I was delighted to hear from you! Many thanks for your encouragement.

  2. Damien, I did a post on an art installation and I’d like to do a second post about a child’s visit to the same installation. Would you permit me to quote the one verse “Children’s minds … miracles.” at the end of my post? Will fully credit back to you.

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