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The Heart Expands: The Butterfly Effect

By Katherine Smith also featured on Youth-Tube

I could not resist adding this beautiful poem to the Butterfly Effect. It is by Tonia Marie Harris, a very talented member of Plum Tree Books…View collection HERE


Dedicated to Cass and her son, Elijah

 By Tonia Harris

If you lean in close,

Press your ears to the secret

On this child’s lips,

I will tell you

“You are not alone. I love you.”

I can teach you to fly

inside your mind.

I can teach you to sing

when tears are caught in your throat.

I can teach you to be still

When colors are too bright and the world is dizzy.

I know how it feels to get lost

in the kaleidoscope of days,

Minutes ticking into years

when fear is a weight

so pressing it chokes.

Lie down in green grass

brushed golden by the sun.

Smell the wild roses

and let your breath rest

on the wing of a dragonfly.

Take this leaf to press

between the fragile pages of memories

and always remember that it was me

who taught you that in the stillness

of one moment

The heart expands.

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

9 comments on “The Heart Expands: The Butterfly Effect

  1. Uncle Tree
    June 13, 2012

    Psst…Tonia, thank you for that sweet escape
    from the hum-drum ‘get ready for work’, kind of morning.

    “I can teach you to sing
    when tears are caught in your throat.”

    This I must learn. Will you teach us?


  2. Tonia Marie Houston
    June 13, 2012

    Thank you, Uncle Tree. I’m happy to provide a little diversion on this Wednesday morning. I believe children can teach us this- it’s something we know, but often forget. Cheers.


  3. Tonia Marie Houston
    June 13, 2012

    Niamh, thank you so much. Your generous spirit does not go unnoticed. 🙂


  4. mommy1217
    June 13, 2012

    Magnificent. What a blessing.


  5. mapelba
    June 14, 2012

    I like the ending–“of one moment the heart expands.” I got a real sense of that very thing.


  6. Irene Gowins-Sowells
    June 15, 2012

    Beautiful Poem Tonia. I loved it:)


  7. Patricia Tilton
    June 16, 2012

    Tonia, beautiful poem about being present in the moment.


  8. Tonia Marie Houston
    June 16, 2012

    I want to thank everyone ffor their lovely comments. It means a great deal to me that so many of you took the time to read this poem and leave your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend and remember to enjoy the little things.


  9. Juliette
    August 10, 2012

    This is so lovely – I keep coming back to it! Thank you for sharing your beautiful words Tonia and thank you Niamh for featuring Tonia on your blog! (a win win for all of us)


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