poetry and prose about place

eight days – hide and seek

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I love small sculpture.  On my eight-day trip to Ontario, one of the things I was inspired to draw was a small stone carving of a man.  He was purchased in Greece… the little carving is a modern example of a sculpture done in the Etruscan style. 

His head is down, resting on his knees, encircled by his arms.  He reminds me of the games of hide-and-seek we played as children.  For a few moments, the one who is ‘it’ covers his or her eyes and knows only the small space between knees and arms.  Then, after counting to ten, the eyes can open and perspective returns to normal.  Then it is the task of ‘it’ to hunt down companions who have hidden while he or she counted to ten.



count to ten


arms enfold head

wrapped in knees

zero perspective


count to ten, unfold

expand horizon

dark to light


seek what imps

have hidden

name them


send them home



© Jane Tims  2012


Written by jane tims

February 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

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  1. Fun poem, Jane. I play hide and seek with my granddaughters now and it’s just as much fun as it was when I was a child. Maybe more fun.

    I like your drawing.



    February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    • Hi. So nice for you to be able to play with your grandchildren. I remember when I thought that as long as my head was hidden, noone could see me! Jane


      jane tims

      February 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  2. What a delightful, playful poem! Love the drawing, too. Have you been to Greece or did someone else purchase the Etruscan man there? (I lived in Greece as a teenager for a couple of years way back in the 70s.)


    Barbara Rodgers

    February 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    • Hi. I am glad you liked the poem. I have never been to Greece… the little man was purchased by a relative on a trip there a few years ago. You must have some great memories of being there, especially as a teenager. Jane


      jane tims

      February 4, 2012 at 7:40 am

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