To mark the summer holidays and the fact that my little boy starts big school in September I am re-posting a version of a poem I first shared last year…


Beautiful Chaos

“Don’t put my book down the toilet”

“I won’t Daddy”


“Your cereal bowl is not a drum, or a steering wheel”

“Please don’t hit your sister with your Bob the Builder Hammer”


And so the day begins

We grapple and fight

Against the oncoming day


Do we stress and toil

Instead of letting children play

Be yourself

Little ones

Soon to start school

Those endless days are gone

Lovely tiny faces

And imaginative brains

Just ignore adult chores

Go out and play




And beautiful chaos

I promise to down tools

And join you for a day

“Stop it, stop it”

“No the cat is not a cushion”


It’s a perfect day

©John de Gruyther 2014

4 thoughts on “Beautiful Chaos

  1. “Sunshine, Dragons, Lego” could be the title for my little brother’s life. What a wonderfully evocative piece. Good luck with all the chaos that a new school year brings 🙂 and thank you for the timely re-post.


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