A Nascent Mind Unfolding

A nascent mind unfolding.
Filled with awe and wonder;
Of the composition of the universe.
And its secrets needing exploration.

And so a small child wonders.
Perked with combustible energy,
To survey Earth’s cornucopia;
And to open Pandora’s treasure box.

The magical nature of wonderment
Is native to a child’s growing mind.
Curiosity sparked by inquisitiveness;
Of how the world is organized.

What adults often take for granted,
What they often fail to remember,
Is how they too were curious
And asked so many questions.

With such a thought I spied a child;
My very own granddaughter.
Legs crossed, and looking upwards,
Towards God’s firmament.

Beneath the Autumn starry skies,
Embraced by Earth’s verdant grass,
Unhindered by both Time and Space,
I saw her poised in wonderment.

Her imagination without limit.
Alone in her mind; at one with the world;
A budding artist, the world as her canvas,
Admiring what God has all created.

A preschool child immersed in drawing
What light can barely capture:
The image of a nascent mind unfolding
What God has gifted mankind.

A child reminding her grandfather,
To once more look and wonder;
How God paints with his rainbow colors,
All things that grace this world.

His mighty firmament above
Embracing earthly creatures:
Plants, animals, the trees;  and people.
And a child cushioned in God’s green grass.

About this poem

New York’s Briana Pu-Folkes is an adorable precocious, imaginative, bilingual four-year old granddaughter, who likes to write, tell stories, take pictures, and paint or draw pictures. Her most recent composition of December 2022, is that of her ensconced in Earth’s luscious green grass of late Autumn, as she stares admiringly above, and beholds the wonderful display of the multitude of stars that light up and decorate the firmament in preparation of the Christmastide. Briana is at peace with herself in her celestial solitude. This four-stanza unrhymed quatrain pays tribute to the heart, mind, soul, and spirit of four-year old Briana Pu-Folkes. Briana, the world is your cornucopia. This poem is also especially written, reminiscent of the English Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) who, in expressing his thoughts concerning that ‘Countree Far beyond the stars,’ declared lyrically in rhyming verse: “If thou canst but thither There grows the flower of peace The rose that cannot wither Thy fortress and thy ease.” A Pantheistic and nascent Existentialist, Shelley believed that Nature or a Divine Spirit of Beauty was an eternal force that ran through everything in human existence. It is that ‘Countree Far Beyond the Stars’ that four-year old Briana also recognizes and reaches out to in her nascent artwork. 

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Written on December 18, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 18, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 29, 2023

1:19 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,369
Words 266
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    So beautifully poetically stated. Your lyrical lines place you in sync with God’s handiwork.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • DoeDoe41
    Much love is felt in this poem, and the wonderment of God’s creation is beautifully described. I can almost feel the cool air and see the twinkling stars. Beautiful poem.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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