When I Was 5

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When I was five I played in trees

Watching the world without being seen.

My moments were timeless,

each one an adventure.

I felt no fear.


When I was five I created for joy.

My imagination my world,

Making marks for myself,

Unconscious of others,

Rules did not apply.


Later I learned to fear the heights,

to doubt my marks,

care what others thought.


Now I play in my studio

alive in each moment

my imagination gone wild,

pleasing myself,

laughing at fear.


Karen Heffner

from Treehouse: a metaphor for the artist’s studio

Until I found this drawing I made when I was 5, I had forgotten I wasn’t always afraid of heights. I was fearless then and can be again.