Let the children play in mud, and
paint and crayons duly
Let their clothes be spattered bright,
in happy hues of laughter
Let you turn away from them,
while elbows glide in crimson
And if you’re tempted to turn back
and end their eager messes…
Stop and think…what will be here
one hundred years from now.
Not spattered clothes nor red elbows
but happy souls still smiling.
Sally Lou Cameron (January 24, 1968)