Children are basically giant knowledge sponges. Even when it seems like they aren’t paying attention, they manage to surprise us with what they actually hear and how they act based on what they’ve learned.
One third-grader, in particular, proves that kids oftentimes understand more than we give them credit for. The brilliant little writer penned a poem entitled “The True Feminine” and it’s blowing people’s minds on social media.
“I am not sugar and spice and everything nice,” the poem starts. “I am music, I am art. I am a story. I am a church bell, gonging out wrongs and rights and normal nights. I was a baby. I am a child. I will be a mother,” the young poet adds. “I don’t mind being considered beautiful, I do not allow that to be my definition. I am a rich pie strong with knowledge. I will not be eaten.”
The poem was first posted by the little girl’s teacher on Facebook where she wrote, “Take a moment to read this poem written today by one of my students. One of my THIRD GRADE students. She wrote it at recess – no prompt, just free-flowing thought.”
Twitter user Arabelle Sicardi posted the poem on Twitter and quickly racked up more than 150,000 likes and 64,000 retweets. Fans of the poem and the little girl’s early emergence into poetry have praised her for being well ahead of the curve. In the tweet, Sicardi wrote “apparently a 3rd grader wrote this. go off, gen z sylvia plath”
Gideon Reece (@Gid_Rhys) perfectly summed up the little girl’s early talent.
God dammit Picasso was right. You can spend your whole life learning to create art and still not have the mastery of a child.
— BlindCleric (he/him) (@Gid_Rhys) October 3, 2017
Other Twitter users had a more comical response to the little girl’s amazing use of words.
"I am a rich pie strong with knowledge. I will not be eaten." And it was by these words that we came to know the woman who would lead us
— Paul Minda (@PaulMinda1) October 3, 2017
The identity of this 3rd-grade wordsmith has not yet been revealed and there are some doubters but we’ve regularly covered the amazing things kids can accomplish so here’s to hoping the little girl’s identity is eventually shared with the world. We want to give credit where credit is due!