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The Child's World - Hetty S. Browne

The Child’s World – Hetty S. Browne

“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.”
-Caitlin Moran

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A lonely child, too much asked
of a child, too much
(r e s p o n s i b i l i t y)
burden
for one so young.

Expectation of seriousness,
of thoughtful helpfulness
(r e s p o n s i b i l i t y)
too much to expect
of one so young.

A child’s job should be to play
to learn, to be free to dream
of life beyond, of what
(r e s p o n s i b i l i t y)
she wants to be and do
and discover who she is.

A child, though, can find the freedom
she craves, taking her far from the
(r e s p o n s i b i l i t y)
place and time she lives
if she can find some
b o o k s.

 

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