The Exclamation Mark


Teaching my five year old one day

To write sentences the proper way

I asked him to end his sentence

With a period, as would make sense

He protested saying that he was excited

So he would use an exclamation mark, he decided

After that, any attempt to persuade him was futile

He was excited about writing, he would say with a smile

And so a period was never sufficient

To capture his exuberance and his excitement.


That set me thinking how far apart

Are children and adults, despite the same start

While everything can children excite

We adults need something exotic to ignite

Our excitement, most things are inane

Childlike exuberance may not be considered sane

How come we lose the ability as we grow

To experience joy, to go with the flow

My sentences in question marks now end

Over time the exclamation mark got bent

Now I am trying to relearn how to enjoy

Every minor experience with my little boy

It is not easy, I have been conditioned

To face events of daily life without much reaction

But through my child’s eyes I can now see

Something exciting in most things ordinary!


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Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

2 thoughts on “The Exclamation Mark

  1. There is an inner child in each of is wailing to get attention, pay heed to it and we will be happier .Its sad that people refuse to embrace their inner child , maturity does not mean always becoming serious and constraints within the four walls of the material world , it is about an understanding gained through perception. 🙂

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