little onesdo you knowthat you are the descendants ofthe Kings and Queens of Africa little onesdo you knowthat your ancestors weremusicians and artistsfarmers and herdsmenscientists, healers, and scholarsarchitects and builders
little onesdo you knowthat in this new landyou are stilla wonder to behold little onesdo you knowthat you are moreprecious to usthan gold
little onesgrow, grow, grow
in lovein peacein wisdomlittle ones know
that you are loved
*SP Shepard is a parent volunteer in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and editor of the Kid's Page of the PTA newsletter. She also edits the school's Anthology of Poetry featuring the work of elementary school students.