A Sonnet to Minecraft

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I love the way you have been so thoughtful and that the music that twinkles in the background when you are present is actually very soothing to my adult ear.

The way you guide my child through the land of the unknown, how you let him be the king of his world.

That he can say no to the walkers with white eyes and not let the creepers creep and that in peaceful mode I know that no one will get him.

 

I love the way that your square sun rises as my round one does and that my child is laughing at the snowman that gently sheds snow from his feet and that he says he can truly be himself when he plays with you.

And that he can shear a sheep within seconds and that his home made house, due to your square blocks could give Frank Lloyd Wright a run for his money.

I love that thanks to you he has to read. Now that the door in his brain has flung wide open, the words like seeds are free falling from this world and taking root in the soil of his fertile mind.

 

That he can plant flowers, build towers that hold flaming torches that suspend like ghosts, weightlessly in the air.

That he can swim without getting wet, wade through snow and admire and peruse his lands on a regular basis.

That he can speed through his nights and go to sleep for only 2 seconds and then greet the day once again as if the night was merely a blink or a short as a sneeze.

 

Minecraft, I love you so very much and I ponder on this…

At what point will your square world cease to fascinate my son?

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About the Author

Lehla is an illustrator and an author of books, she has written for The Guardian. She trained as an actress at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She wrote The South African Illustrated Cookbook, The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women and she illustrated a kid's book by M.J. Amani called 'Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read' and also 'I am Me, You, Us and We' by Caroline Trowbridge. Above all she is a mother to three fast growing kids, she juggles her time between them and working on new books and projects. She has recently co authored with Anthony 'Jump', Fall, Fly - from schooling, to homeschooling, to unschooling' Her art work can be seen at http://lehlaeldridge.wix.com/lehla-

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  1. Beck has sooooo loved Minecraft 🙂 His computer broke a few months ago and hasn’t been replaced yet – so I’ll be interested to see if he gets straight back to it. He is 15 now and still interested in it. He ran his own Minecraft server so learned even more, to the point where he took on volunteers to help him run it and had to learn how to ‘manage’ staff 😀 Glad to hear Jahli is enjoying it, and what a lovely ode! xxx

  2. ellenrowland says:

    This is great Lehla, thank you! It really is a creative and wonderful game. My daughter likes it almost more than my son. “I love the way that your square sun rises as my round one does” Love that line!

  3. That is great about Beck! Jahli has e mailed him for advice! x

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