COME PLAY WITH ME
written by Jennifer McCormack
‘Come here Little Friend,’ called the river, ‘come play!
Come splash in my waters and kick up the spray
Come build with the rocks on my riverbed
And build a great island’, the cool river said
‘Not I,’ said the child, ‘I could slip and fall
I prefer to stay dry, to not be wet at all’
‘Come play with me,’ called the old fig tree,
‘Come climb the strong branches in my canopy
Come build a tree house, or a swing in the shade
Come Little Friend, come here and play.’
‘Not I,’ said the child, ‘I might scrape my knees
It’s much too dangerous to climb up trees’
‘Come play with me,’ called the meadow green,
‘Come search for small things not usually seen
Come lie on your back and look up at the sky
Come gaze at the cloud shapes floating by.’
‘Not I,’ said the child, ‘I don’t want to do that
The grass is too prickly without a mat’
The river, the tree and the meadow smiled
‘Come answer the call, Little Friend, of the wild!
Dirt will wash out and water will dry
Sometimes we slip, but we learn when we try
These things will happen, sometimes, in play
But grazes will heal and pain goes away
Come out Little Friend, see what you can do!
Come play with us, we are waiting for you.’
The child rolled on the grasses, found shapes in the clouds,
Ran as fast as they could, shouting out loud
The child watched tiny insects, found small growing things,
Sat in the branches and tied up a rope swing
The child felt strength in their muscles as upward they climbed
The view of the world was amazing, up high.
The child splashed in the river, built strong rock walls
Sometimes the child slipped and, yes, they did fall
There was a graze on one knee, and a few little hurts
A glow in their eyes, feet covered in dirt
The child washed in the river, all clean again
‘Thanks for calling me over to play, my friends!’
Jennifer McCormack offers professional development for early childhood services, including Practical Storytelling, Writing Nature Stories and Ecological Storytelling.
See the PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT page for details.