The Sum of My Experiences

I don’t remember a time
when my imagination didn’t have a yen for flight.
I was always the odd sprout in the cultivated flower bed.

I suppose it was easy to dismiss my fancies
as yet another song of a space cadet,
solitary and adrift in an imaginary orbit
because silence beckons more than playground noises do.
Many did.

But I never saw myself as afflicted
when in my mind I had adventures
as grand as any Miyazaki heroine.
Having myth in the blood isn’t a disease;
it’s an advantage.

As an adult I’ve thought about the past,
and decided I’m happy for my daydream addled youth,
even if others saw me as peculiar, and still do.
My ukiyo-e colored internal landscape
would have been far poorer without it. 
Any ink child of mine
would be a stunted and malnourished thing
if not a steady diet of faerie song.

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This poem was inspired by a prompt given by Imaginary Gardens with Real Toad: A Poem of Our Own (Create poetry with the titles of our previous poems. Hey Magaly, does 13 work for you?)

34 comments:

  1. Love love love this! Am going to read it to my Aspi son, such a positive message :D XXX

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  2. I think that's exactly how to find your path. Really make sure you're always have a steady supply of supplementary faerie's song.

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    1. I recommend at least one good playlist full of them.

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  3. I love this, Rommy--and your titles add to the quirkiness of the narrator's persona, someone so sure of herself that she can afford to be both weird and vulnerable. I especially liked: "Having myth in the blood isn’t a disease;
    it’s an advantage." I *so* agree.

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    1. I started playing with the titles I wanted and the quirky evolved soon after. I'm pretty happy with the results.

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  4. "Having myth in the blood isn’t a disease;
    it’s an advantage."

    May I please marry these lines? I promise to work hard at the art of making them happy. I will remind them everyday just how pretty, wanted, and completely loved they are.

    I love this entire poem. But yes, the lines above are favorites (a poem (of truth and wonder) in two lines).

    And I might have to bring your last three lines into the union, too. :-D

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    1. I'm pretty proud of those two as well. I'm thinking of continuing my wicked little grooves past April (though at a much less frenetic pace - I could use with a bit of slowing down) and that one is a strong contender for future use.

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  5. I love your phrase "myth in the blood." And I love the poem it comes from, which I went and read again.

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    1. I still love that one too. Not all my stuff looks so great a few months later, but that one makes me smile.

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  6. "Having myth in the blood isn’t a disease;
    it’s an advantage."

    That's just perfect.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, that bit seems to be getting a lot of love. I was quite pleased when my poetry titles came together like that.

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  7. My goodness! This is an absolute treat :D

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  8. "Having myth in the blood isn’t a disease; it’s an advantage." Oh I love this..so true. Beautiful piece!

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    1. I am pretty pleased with that line.

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  9. I adore the way you've used your own titles here. This prompt is such fun.

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    1. This was a ton of fun. LOL, like poetry decoupage!

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  10. "Any ink child of mine
    would be a stunted and malnourished thing
    if not a steady diet of faerie song."

    Love this!!

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  11. Love, Love, Love!!! Well done Rommy!

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    1. Your picture was fabulous inspiration. Look how pleased that little guy is in his technicolor world, listening to things only the trees tell him!

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    2. Rommy, thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for using my art! Truly means the world to me, to see it along with your amazing words!

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    3. Thank you for creating such rich and inspiring imagery.

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  12. Wonderful, especially that closing line.

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  13. I love this....makes me so curious to go read some of those other titles......which I am going to do right away..... :-)

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    1. Aw! That's one of the best compliments I can get. Thanks!

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    1. I take it that you like it then? LOL

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  15. I'll show you how old I am by this comment: far out, babe. I love the act of self-creation and you're a real find! Loved this and love you.

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