Perceptual Narrowing (Through a Child’s Eyes)

Inspired by a Japanese experiment showing that very young babies notice details adults cannot.

“Babies might see things that adults can’t, but adults more fully understand what they do see.” –

She stares, mesmerized.
I look, and I shrug.
I’ve seen it before;
It reaches her, tugs.

Her attention is snagged,
I’m indifferent, bored.
I’ve been here; so what?
She’s inclined to explore.

She’s new to this world,
I’m stuck in a rut.
There’s naught to surprise me;
But a fresh path she’ll cut.

Thank goodness for babies,
For clear vision, for glee
In the simple and small things
That now escape me.

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