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Our Backyard World
By Peter Stewart

Come outside with me today

Take my hand

We will play

We will learn and nature teach

All her wonders are within our reach


Slow to the rhythms of the earth

Closing in the fall

Spring’s rebirth

Bud and seed, day and hour

Star and sun

Leaf and flower


Greet the wind, embrace the breeze

Befriend the moon

Do as we please

Look at us running wild

You and I are both a child

Plant a garden, connect with dirt

Water a flower

Muddy our shirts

Sand in our hair and in between our toes

Compliment nature

Flatter a rose


Childhood goes by in a blink of an eye

So let’s go outside

You and I

Hold my hand, we will play

Come outside

With me today


Peter Stewart is a multifaceted teacher, performer, author, and composer. Currently, he is the director of Sing and Learn Music, founder of Project Pride, and leader of the Potato Chip Band. He can be reached by email at PrideNow@aol.com.