Thursday, September 8, 2011
we're so brave, we're so smart
The "big song" we're learning is one both my own children sang in Kindergarten with the wonderful Miss Cook, The Sun Inside Us. (Scroll down to play a sample.) It's by Sarah Pirtle, from an album called The Wind Is Telling Secrets, and we hope Sarah doesn't mind that we've changed an important word in the chorus from "strong"--which for little children implies muscle power only--to "brave," which is a fine character trait that even the most physically challenged can develop.
It's just a song, and it's not like they made it up themselves, but I can hardly express how it feels to hear 5-year-olds assert, in sincere and joyful voice (and of course, with motions) that they were born brave and smart, with loving hearts. I know that singing those words rubs off on them. The poetry's darn good too.
The Sun Inside Us
So we are and so we’ll stay.
We're so brave; we're so smart;
We were born with a loving heart.
We were born with the sun inside us,
We were born with the mystery moon.
We were born with the stars to guide us,
We were born with the blackbird's tune.
We were born with the river's turning.
We were born with the river's run.
We were born with the wild bird's yearning.
We were born with the blue jay's fun!
We were born with the strength of hickory,
We were born with the seagull’s sight.
We were born with cells of crystal,
We were born with the rainbow light.
You're so brave; you're so smart;
You were born with a loving heart.
Katie's hosting Poetry Friday at Secrets and Sharing Soda today. Bubble on over and fizz!