Friday, June 3, 2011

Lenny Lee Fest

You've probably seen his icon around the internet. You can't help but smile when you see this ray of sunshine. So today, to bring some extra happiness to this awesome 11-year-old, I'm posting a poem that my son's class recited last year for Mother's Day.

As far as I know, the author is anonymous. I love the simplicity of this poem. We spend so much time striving for perfection when really, there is beauty to be found in life with all it's flawed imperfections. Lenny Lee is one of those people who looks on the bright side of everything, who brings me joy every time I get a comment or an email from him. If you've never visited Lenny's World before, here's the link: He's an amazing writer, he loves animals and he loves to share hugs.

I hope you like the poem, Lenny. Thank you for all the smiles you bring. ((Giant hugs))

Queens and Kings of Imperfection

We are queens and kings.

It might not seem
Like we are queens and kings,
But look carefully
    And see,
Gloriously crowned,
Beautifully inept,
Marvelously imperfect,
Queens and Kings of Imperfection.

We leave perfection
To the few
    Who seek
        what cannot be attained.
    Who desire
        what cannot be given,
    Who yearn for
        what cannot be achieved.

And we accept
    Our crowns of imperfection.

We offer this crown to you,
For it is the crown of truth
    And joy
    And laughter,
    And wonder,
    And freedom
    From the tyranny
    Of trying to be
        What can never be,
            was never meant to be,
                and will never be.

Wear your crown with joy
And rein with the freedom to:

Run in the wind,
But come last in the race.

Write poetry,
Without any need to publish.

With neither grace nor rhythm.

Sing opera,
Without a tune.

Play baseball,
But never hit a home run.

But not perfection.

And love,
    Not just the best in you,
    But the sad, weak, discouraged,
    And sorry parts, too.

It might not seem
Like we are queens and kings,
But look carefully
    And see,
Gloriously crowned,
Beautifully inept,
Marvelously imperfect,
Queens and Kings of Imperfection.


Laura Pauling said...

Very nice! :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Awesome. So true. He'll love it.

Hi Lenny!

Candyland said...

Great poem! He'll really like this one!

Unknown said...

Very nice!

I didn't know there was a Lenny love fest today. :(

Kristan Hoffman said...

What a beautiful poem!

And yes, Lenny is a sweetheart. :)

Kelly Polark said...

Beautiful poem for a great kid!

Sarah said...

Seems like something Lenny would like--thanks for sharing it!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I love it! The joy in imperfection is something a perfectionist like me needs constant reminders of! :)

Angela Ackerman said...

What a great poem! Thanks for sharing it. Lenny is a rock star, and thank you for sharing him like this!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Connie Arnold said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Lola Sharp said...

Oh, this is lovely, Sherrie. Lenny is sure to love it. :)

Have a delightful, sunshiny weekend,

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That was lovely, Sherrie! Lenny always amazes me with his comments...

Anonymous said...

Nice poem. Lenny is such an AWESOME young man. Always spreading sunshine where ever he stops in the blog world.

Happy Lenny Lee Fest!

Krispy said...

That's an awesome poem. Thank you for sharing!

Hi Lenny!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, Sherrie, this was the PERFECT poem choice. Just perfect for Lenny!! :-)

Theresa Milstein said...

I've never seen this poem before. It's perfect that it's anonymous. And I love the line about being an unpublished writer.

Imperfectly perfect!

Lenny, is this fun or what!

Robyn Campbell said...

Sherrie, What a great poem to post for this day. Absolutely awesome. Love the imperfection. It's truly PERFECT! :-)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Very uplifting and wonderfully appropriate for the occasion. Thanks, Sherrie!

Len Lambert said...

Oh it's beautiful, Sherrie. It goes right to the heart. Thank you for sharing! :)

Yat-Yee said...

Thasnks so much for sharing this poem. Who needs perfection!

Susan Fields said...

What a wonderful poem - Lenny will love it!

Tyhitia Green said...

Wow. Very true, indeed. I don't know Lenny, but I'll check him out. :-D

Hilary Wagner said...

This is a poem everyone should read! I love it. Lenny will too!

xoxo -- Hilary

Jackee said...

Beautiful poem! How I love that kid. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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