For Lianne, Aged One (and Charlotte)

The following is by Steve Turner (Charlotte is my youngest grandchild). Enjoy.

As far as possible, stay as you are,

with the eye clear and open

and washed clean of fear;

with the skin untracked

by the sad workings of the heart,

lips unskilled in spite.

As far as possible, stay as you are,

the morning’s first light

cause enough for joy,

each passing face

judged only by the color of its smile.

As far as possible, stay as you are.

Gaze out at the world

with its mystery and noise,

but refuse all offers to join.

Be backwards in evil,

advanced in love.

As far as possible, stay as you are,

with the upturned face

and the open palm,

with the stumble of faith

and the shout of hope.

For of such is the kingdom.

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