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· The Idealist

· The Final Verse

Short Stories
· Two Champions Reawakened

· Genesis of a Madman

· Two Champions

· Excerpt from The Idealist

· The Emperor's Lament

· Six Seconds to Legend

· Immolation of a Language

· A Leap Through Faith

· There's a word for that...

· Our Last Walk Together

· Verse Six

· Reflection Without a Mirror

· Babykins

· The Hunter

· The Empty Vessel

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  Hide and Seek
by Michael Wayne
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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A lesson for adults... given by the act of a child.

On a cloudless mid-afternoon

I happened upon something

at first glance commonplace

But with unseen scrutiny

I found something extraordinary


Four children

two girls, two boys

all enjoying the release

from the rigors

of the First grade


They were playing a game

one of which we are all familiar

One hunter

and three prey

in a game of Hide and Seek


One boy volunteered

to stand alone

to cover his eyes

to count to twenty

and to proclaim "Ready or not... here I come!"


Before he began

his quarry chimed in unison

"Don't peek!"

and to this I found myself

compelled to observe


The boy stood firm

hands covering his eyes

The three ran, all in the same direction

around the corner

and out of sight


I watched this boy

who will one day become a man

as he dutifully made his count

He called out the numbers evenly

and his hands covered his eyes like stone


Oh the nobility

Oh the valor

Oh the innocence

in this simplest of choices...

He did not peek


For all those adults

that believe that their cunning

is justified

in taking unfair advantage

of the people in your world


Remember this boy

Remember his act

Remember his lesson

taught to us

because he knew no other way


Be now honest

Be now true

Be now fair

Be now kind

Be now a child once again


For experience is not true wisdom

deviance is not truly clever

and knowledge holds no true power

without the nobility

of this simple gesture of a child

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Reviewed by Jansen Estrup 2/6/2013
Well said. A fine reminder and a flicker of light for those who still believe in rules.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/11/2012
A beautiful sentiment, beautifully written. So that's where I got my sense of morality from– hide and seek!

Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 7/10/2012
I love this one. It made me write something today. It is a rich and graceful gift, the way in which you wrote of this awareness. Thank you ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Connie Faust 7/10/2012
Where others may have seen childish games, you saw nobility. Thank you for sharing such a sterling example of the wisdom of a child. That recognition took wisdom in you.
His faithfulness made the difference in the measure of trust the other children could develop in the future. Truly "something to think about"


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  3. I'm So Happy
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  5. The Usual Infirmities
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  16. Begin Again
  17. Recovery
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