The kite flies high,

we shade our eyes to look up.

We point and we smile.

Not Maddie.

She worries.

She cries.

The kite might

fly away

crash to the ground

get caught in a tree



“Look at the kite!” we say.

So high it flies.

But Maddie cries.

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14 thoughts on “Worry

  1. I love how you’ve told a whole story in such a concise and well-written poem. I completely relate to your daughter–I’m a chronic worrier, too–but know that we worry not because we can’t see the beauty in the world, but instead because we can.

    • Thank you so much for your words. I never thought of it like that. I always say Maddie is sensitive (she is), but I never realized it is only because she can see all the beauty in this world. Thank you. You just opened my eyes, and I will see Maddie’s worry in a whole new light from now on.

  2. Wow. Hopesm80 really put Maddie’s worry into another perspective for me, too! I’ll bet it’s really hard for you not to react to her worry with angst and worry yourself. Which in turn likely causes even more worry from Maddie. I can feel the emotion spilling on to the page. Maybe Hopesm80 has opened up a new lens to look through. .

  3. So concise but says so much. Nice job! Maddie is just like my little Emme. She worries about most things and not just when they are occurring – way beforehand – sometimes even weeks and months. Her mind is always on overdrive. I saw that it was stunting her emotional growth and I knew I had to do something so now she goes to counseling. She learns strategies to think differently. She is getting better. I’m not saying Maddie needs that type of intervention, rather just putting it out there as a form of help in case at some point you think she needs it. I have also learned some alternate way of dealing with her, because telling her there is no reason to worry about it – is not helpful to her, or most with that issue. Read my posts from last week – 2 are about her and her anxiety – Crying Wolf and the one from yesterday. Keep truckin’ mama!

  4. I think she cares so deeply for a little girl. She doesn’t want something bad to happen to the beautiful kite. I get that 🙂

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