By Mariana and Vicky (Mariana’s daughter)
Winter’s ice descended on our plot of land
Along with frosty air and shiny frozen water
The sky is mostly gray but not every day
The world around pretends to be dull and still
And we drink lots of tea to chase away the chill
The meadow once got blanketed in white
A peaceful scene and a lovely sight
Under the parachute and near the fire
We play with sticks, frogs, logs and a tyre
But hey, the wind whispers secrets in the rustling leaves
Squirrels dance from the ground to high on trees
Kids’ laughter echoes through the burrows and the reeves
Exploration is the key to each and every door
In a magical world of wonders waiting in store
“Am I a dragon? Am I a baby? Are you a kitty?
Am I a ghost? Am I a fairy? Are you a wizard?”
In Dacres Wood, where everyone is free
We are able to be who we want to be
“Pass me my wand, I shall break the surface of this pond!
Beware! I will explode this planet and beyond!
Meow, meow, oh yeah, oh yeah, let’s drive from here to anywhere!”
Love of learning and nurturing imagination takes us on a quest
And in our check-outs we talk about everything, not just the best
Parts of the day as we run and play
Jumping and thumping in our unique ballet
We also explore the unknown and find more about ourselves
No matter how big or small, all of us grow like seeds sown
With connection, reflection, imagination and decision
Cohesion, truth, emotion and warmth
Around in a circle which may have a fire
A rose or a dandelion: the heart and soul of this community
We are Free We Grow and we are here together!
“Are you cold? Is it bare? Are you ok? Is it dry?
Do you need to hide?
Where is my hat and where did they go?
It’s muddy and I fell and it hurt me so
I tried really hard not to cry when you hurt my toe!”
“Pass me the talking stick, I am ready to lead
I have a direct response, I have a problem, I objected or agreed
I couldn’t sleep last night, my body aches, I had a nightmare!”
No matter what, we will find a way to make it fair
Our story is whole and finally completed
Let’s stick together and our circle will never be defeated!
Let’s discover the world and all it has to give:
Be children, full of dreams, so we may truly live.