when my grandson Luca took me by the
hand into an overgrown bramble next to
a playground near his house. I couldn’t
interest him in the multicoloured structure designed to entertain and exercise
youngsters. Instead, he wanted to show
his Pop-pop the “deep, dark woods” where
we spent some time with our faces close
to the ground inspecting bugs, snails and
At one point he yelled, “Look, Pop-pop!
It’s beeeaauuutiful!” And I leaned in to see
the speck of a miniature spider crawling
across a leaf.
STEVE bELL is a multiple award-winning
Canadian songwriter and musician
based in Winnipeg, Man.
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