Neverland

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Blogging from A to Z Challenge
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I love Peter Pan.  Sadly, it seems that one of the main lessons of the book has been lost amid cavorting and capering in Neverland.  I can’t forget the image of Peter locked out of his home, unable to feel the deep love of family, or his visits to the aging Wendy who, though she gave up her youth and vigor, experienced things Peter never could because he was unwilling to move beyond childhood.  Wendy is the real hero of the book.  She left behind “freedom” and frivolity, comprehending what she was giving up and what she hoped, but did not know, she would receive in return for the sacrifice.  She was smart about it, though.  She held on to Peter’s kiss, and never forgot the happiness of her youth.  Neverland isn’t really Eden or heaven or Utopia.  It is a place of nevers, a place we all live until we are ready to exchange the surety of never for the risks and possible rewards of ever after.

Neverland
Beguiling cloudland.
Leaf-clad natives nurtured on
lethal ambrosia.

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Comments
  1. Lucy says:

    Wow, I have NEVER thought of it this way, thanks 🙂

  2. Hillary says:

    Oh I love this. Well said.

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