Child with Dove

Child that could be my child,
child that could be my daughter,

I love these first two opening lines. The author is immediately connected with this child, she must see something inside of her that brings out that emotional connection. - Rachel McGuinness, age 23

you’re like an unspoken fairy tale:

There is a sense of secret longing in this line, a longing revealed by the combination of “unspoken” and “fairy tale,” a dream that no one has been told. - Heather Bulliss, age 23

the clear blue sky if it had
a human face. Imagine that face

Foster uses a sweet, longing voice in this stanza. The fact that she thinks of the young girl as a daughter captivates the readers heart and mind in the personification of “the clear blue sky if it had a human face”. I can clearly picture the image. - Natalie Price, age 14

among the clouds and not surrounded
by sullen stones, tangled hair, worn shoes.

I like to think of the sky as if it had a human face, and to imagine the child in a place of inspiration and perfection instead of the reality of “sullen stones, tangled hair, worn shoes” - Rachel McGuinness, age 23

Imagine that face as pure melody of lullaby
soothing the impatient bird before its first
flight. Open wings ready to embrace the wind.
 
*This poem was previously published in the poetry chapbook Ten Songs from Bulgaria (Cervena Barva Press, 2008)

This poem is filled with imagery. It is as if you are looking at a picture that is changing with each line. Linda uses clean writing that enhances the serenity of her poem. - Daisy Hall, age 15
I love this ending line. I feel as if anything is possible, that maybe the child’s face isn’t in the sky today, but one day it could be. - Rachel McGuinness, age 23
This poem’s innocent image reflects a loving sentiment of hope, and seems to incarnate C.S. Lewis’s idea of the “baptized imagination.” The child in question is not Foster’s; the poem admitting she is imagined. Instead, she comes from the sky, from heaven, and thus is untouched, unperverted, by the “sullen stones, tangled hair, worn shoes” of life. Although lovely, this pure, romantic, image appears too clean; clouds don’t even affront the birthing sky. Thus, it is an unrealistic image, a “fairy-tale.” Still, it serves a purpose. I find it difficult not to read the penultimate line’s “impatient bird” as us, the readers, who want to fly into this heavenly sky to join this child. Sadly, gravity soon will make itself known to us. Like newborn birds, we will fail at our first attempt to fly. In short, we will be amongst those sullen rocks of reality. Despair could be our final recourse, therefore making Foster’s fantasy a necessity to encourage us to continue attempting flight. The poem intimates that one day we will be free from this world’s depravity, of its harshness and ugliness. We will fly on “wings as eagles” someday. With this hope, with this faith, Foster, like a parent, perhaps imagining our faces, nudges us out of the nest, prodding us to fly towards heaven, away from the earth: a strong redemptive image. - Nathaniel Schmidt, age 27
This poem seems to be commenting on the unrealized potential and unsullied brilliance that every child possesses. If it weren't for the cruel lottery of poverty - "tangled hair, worn shoes" - every child might learn to soar as the bird in the poem does. Any child could have been born to any family, in any circumstances, if it weren't for the random lottery of life. - Kara Madden, age 26
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