Writing / Children / Poetry

Writing is experiencing a lot of strange adventures at once. It is like bringing together people that never have met, crossing thousands of kilometers and years in a line break, and making ancient images shine in modern lingo with the help of metaphors.

Writing for children is special because it takes you back to a time when your world was young and days were filled with encounters. Out of the blue words came dancing on sparkling vowels like the colibri; others crept by on gnarling consonants as did the berserk, and some were not yet clearly visible in shady corners where they waited for years and desires to come.

Calling these to flock in patterns, laid out by experience, is what poetry is about. These patterns that create a multitude of relations among sounds and meanings and appearances make the mind wander along the borders of language, eventually crossing it for a step or two.

And what's the goal? Curiosity satisfied? Insight? Beauty? Or plain fun? It seems like it changes every instant.


Egyptian writer

"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world"
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)

"Every language is a vast pattern-system, different from others, in which are culturally ordained the forms and categories by which the personality not only communicates, but also analyzes nature, notices or neglects types of relationship and phenomena, channels his reasoning, and builds the house of his consciousness."
(Benjamin Lee Whorf)