More from my daughter, the poet

When I was a kid I recall this little phrase that we used to say to people when they were trying to be clever with words.  It goes like this:

You must be a poet, your feet show it; they’re Longfellows!

Silly little rhymes are a part of all society as a way of expressing things, sometimes seriously, in a disarming way.  And rhyming humour has been an excellent way of engaging young children in the love for reading and learning.  Consider the many books of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), all told in rhyming and silly subjects. They may be on silly subjects, but the impact has been serious: Dr. Seuss wrote over 60 books which sold over 222 million copies in 15 languages.  That’s impact!

I guess what I am alluding to is my belief that using poetry to communicate is probably one of the things hardwired into our Homo sapiens DNA.

And love poems are probably even more central to the human experience. The oldest love poem is a clay tablet about the bride of a Sumerian king who ruled from 2037–2029 BC. And I can imagine love poems being recited long before the invention of written language. Love poetry also shows up in many popular songs.  How many of you 60’s kids out there remember the song: Poetry in Motion by Bobby Vee? I can hear you singing it right now!

Anyway, my daughter, the 13-year-old poet sent me this little poem the other day that she wrote a couple of years ago.

Let us go to the heavens above,
Where milk is gold for us to see,
With something surrounding us called love
But something that is not the silver sea.

I have seen many great things in my time,
But this is the best, just you and me,
The angels may sing for many great times,
But something remains called my love for thee.

Stephanie Childress

The urge to create is central to who we are, and poetry may just be one of the outputs of our creativity that keep us connected as humans.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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3 Responses to More from my daughter, the poet

  1. mimijk says:

    She is really amazing…what a talented girl!!


  2. Modern Mama says:

    what a lovely poem


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