Young Minds


Their imaginations carried them
into the African Savannah
keeping watch for a parade
of animals on the hunt
They chose not to be prey
if avoiding such demise
was possible –
Suddenly, their feet stopped
in their tracks,
as fear crept up the backs
of their necks –
A thunder-booming growl
echoed throughout the grassland
The next move meant life or death
Then a meow joined the growl
Terror escalated
as they held their breath,
mirroring an owl’s innate ability,
afraid to make a sound
Then when Mom yelled,
“Lunch is ready,”
fear subsided and
their adventure came
to an abrupt halt –
until next time
when their imaginings
became alive again


Lauren Scott © 2018
(When we arrived at our campsite,
we noticed some visitors.
So I became inspired right away. 🙂 )




38 thoughts on “Young Minds

    • Thanks, Jill! When I saw those creatures on the fallen log, I thought of long-ago camping trips when our kids were little and how their imaginations entertained them in nature. Great times and memories, and so the inspiration came. 🙂 ❤

    • Aww, thanks so much, Sunshinysa! I appreciate your lovely comment. This was a fun write and unexpected. Who knew these two would be on the log in our campsite. First time for everything, I suppose. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Betty! That’s exactly how we felt when we saw these two on the log. Memories right away, so it’s a good thing I brought a journal. 🙂 💗😊🦁🐯

    • Aww, thank you, Ian! What a nice comment to read first thing in the morning. When I first saw these toys, my mind immediately wandered to our camping days when our children were little. Thoughts began to stir as I scrambled to find where my journal happened to be at the time. And those daydreams of childhood are the best entertainment, don’t you think? 🙂

    • Thanks, Ian. We smiled when we found these little toys, and then I couldn’t wait to write down my thoughts. I miss those days when our children were little, but spending time with them as adults now is just as rewarding. Have a good Monday!

  1. Aww – such a wonderful story and ode to a child’s imagination, Lauren! We all should stay children at heart to properly enjoy the vast lands of imagination and fantasy! 😄😻🐆❤

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