Ink Child

Mother.
Mom.
Mommy!
Are you up?
Good.

I have a story to tell you.
No, don’t go back to sleep.
It’s a good one I promise.
Not as good as
once upon a time
there was a girl who lived in a castle
and her name was Mommy,
but pretty good all the same.

Mommy lived in a castle,
overlooking a forest of motley fabric,
woven in fairy wings,
and painted silks.
Sometimes she made bricks out of minutes, hours and days,
building a tower high in the air.
But ink children loved to knock the blocks down.
That’s what children do you see.

Now it’s your turn.
Tell me a story.
Tell me my story.
It’s OK, I’ll stay up all night if you tell it.
Just make sure you tell it right.


Song Choice: LOL, because sometimes catering to the needs of ink children can be quite demanding I was in a silly mood and went with Little Girls from Annie performed by the fabulous Carol Burnett 

This is part of Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads Weekend Mini Challenge There's plenty of good poetry at the link

30 comments:

  1. We have all the time in the world, if we would only listen to the heartbeat of others. A much better world it would be

    Much love...

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    1. The world could do with better listening right around now

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  2. I love the freshness of this, good to read given the events most on our minds right now. Lovely!

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    1. Indeed. There so much going on in mind about these last sad few days; its a lot to process. My mind went to a story my son told me when he was a toddler to "tuck me into bed" when I was tired and pregnant with his little sister. I kind of needed to focus on something gentler as I sort all of the sadness out.

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  3. The playfulness is so nice.. a muse like that sounds fun until tit's time too sleep... the title is perfection.

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    1. Muses do seem to have an affinity for the dead of night when you are at your most sound asleep.

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  4. I am so glad that I can now hear your voice reading this in my head! Delightful!

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    1. This one would be fun to read aloud!

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  5. Hey Rommy--there is something so lovely about a story told about mommy--not the usual kind! But ink children are also unusual--thanks so much for participating in the prompt. K. (Manicddaily)

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    1. *grin* As a mom I do know how impatient children can be and how we can say "in a minute" and they hear "until the end of infinity". Ink children are just as impatient.

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  6. This is great! Those ink children can certianly be difficult!

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    1. Oh yes. When they are ready to hear their story they want it now! But when they're not in a mind to listen, they'll just ignore your call. :D

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  7. Yes, those ink children have a lot of demands~ Fun to read and I love Carol Burnett~
    I love your approach~ Well Done

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    1. Thanks! I really liked Carol Burnett in the role of Miss Hannigan. The idea for the song came to me right as I finished writing.

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  8. You turn the exercise into reality delightfully here, and all of us inky parents can relate--how many times have I not been dragged out of bed to attend to that adorable, importunate, relentless ink child and her whispered stories?? Loved this.

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    1. Yep, we'll get up for those ink children at all hours of the night!

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  9. Telling stories is the best magic.

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  10. Oh if we would only listen....I love story telling. It has become a lost art.

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    1. There's nothing like being under the spell of a good story.

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  11. How precious, our "ink children" who refuse to let us get lost in the pits of writer's block. They aren't always the most gentle of creatures, or the most clearheaded ones, but they are always there to rescue us.

    Love the tone and progression of this poem! ♥

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    1. They are also never subtle, much like real children!

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  12. Story-telling is an art that appears easy but difficult to master! Nicely Rommy!

    Hank

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    1. Oh goodness yes! Coming up with stories is the easy part. Telling them right is where things get complicated.

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  13. I'm in love with your poems. They are so deep feeling and they touch me so much. I hope you won't stop writing.

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    1. Definitely no plans to stop writing any time soon! I still have that short story collection I'm working on and I really enjoy writing poetry as well. :)

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