These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination... Rabindranath Tagore

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
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On the way to the river are the old dormitories, used for something else now, with their fairy-tale turrets, painted white and gold and blue. When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
--from Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Lost Thing


The Lost Thing (2000) - Shaun Tan
The extraordinary website for this book is HERE!


Wandering a beach
Collecting bottle caps

Just an ordinary day
In the life of a child

But then
Appeared
Some unknown
Beautifully odd
Lost
Thing

Together
They take time to connect with
Identity and
Place and
Belonging

And taking time to connect with
Wonder
Rained
Wonder

Can we grow older
And retrieve
The magical miracle
Of a child
Lost in the joy of
Exploring
Questions of

Things?


GOODREADS REVIEW

The Lost ThingThe Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A book that dares to explore the fanciful shapes and meanings of the imagination! Beautiful illustrations suggest that this could be a child's picture book! But don't be deceived. The child on a quest could be the inner you! Here is a unique meeting of the child and the adult and the hollow haunting of loss.

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A 15minute, animated short film was created for The Lost Thing.
Here is the trailer.


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9 comments:

Willow said...

I love this concept!! This is how I want to live my life. Eyes opened in wonder as I wander through life. Thank you for this reminder. Your writing is lovely!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful. The secret of keeping a young heart is also keeping the wonder:)

Mama Zen said...

That sounds really interesting!

Heaven said...

Thanks for your review ~

Tori said...

Wonderful. You've definitely caught my children in your poem! ^_^

Susan said...

Would you believe that I own this book? I rave along with you, and appreciate the reminder of your poem.

Kim Nelson said...

Sounds like a fabulous read!

Reader Wil said...

Great poem! Thanks for your visit. I 've just returned from your country, visiting my daughter and her family.

The French Hutch said...

Very interesting review. I'm always open to bringing out my inner child………I'm so pleased to meet you.

~Emily
the French Hutch

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