Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Children's Books

A cartoon from the "It's Geek 2 Me" tech toon compilationBy Fcleetus.

Midweek Motif ~ Children's Books

Oh, to write for children!  Books in verse 
and nursery rhymes: Shakespeare and Carroll, 
Seuss and Stevenson, Angelou and so many 
others both classical and new.   Join them! 

Write a poem for a child: An actual child, you or someone you know as a child, a symbolic child ... any child.  

excerpt from MY FANCY    BY: Lewis Carroll 

    . . . .
    She boxed my ears this morning--
    They tingled very much;
    I own that I could wish her
    A somewhat lighter touch;
    And if you were to ask me how
    Her charms might be improved,
    I would not have them added to,
    But just a few removed!
    She has the bear's ethereal grace,
    The bland hyena's laugh,
    The footstep of the elephant,
    The neck of the giraffe.
    I love her still, believe me,
    Though my heart its passion hides;
    "She is all my fancy painted her,"
    But, oh, how much besides!

"My Fancy" is reprinted from The Hunting of the Snark and Other Poems and Verses. 

to a young child
Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
SourceGerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)

For those who are new here:  
  1. Post your children's  poem on your site, and then link it here.
  2. If you use a picture include its link.  
  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
  5. Visit and comment on our poems.

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  1. Good Morning, Poets United!

    What was your favorite children's book? The first I remember was Peter Rabbit--one read to my older brother and I. After that memories come tumbling in. My poem comes from that realm. I think I'll write another for a child I know today. Feel free to post twice.

  2. I have been looking forward to this prompt all week Susan - for once maybe it is not obtuse! Thank you ;)

    1. I guess the prompt itself is less obtuse. I am trying to simplify. Love your poem! Feel free to add another.

  3. Good day, everyone. Thanks for the prompt, Susan. Actually I had many favorite children's books. One that stands out in my mind though was The Boxcar Children. I read several of the series. Actually I think one reason it stands out is that my mother and I used to sit around the breakfast table in summer and tell our own 'boxcar children tales.' I tried to read the book to my granddaughter, but somehow it did not have the same appeal!

    1. Maybe she's too young or you need to find the app on a tablet? (haha) I agree that part of the memory is the time spent with a significant adult.

  4. This is a very good prompt, Susan! I hope my poem fits it.

  5. I grew up with horses so most the books my family gave me were horse books. Billy and Blaze was an early favorite. Too many books too little time. As a children's writer, I appreciate the worlds that children explore with ease.
    Thanks Susan this one hit a special spot today as I just sent my ms off (celebrating).

    1. Good to know you are a children's author. How can I check out your books? Do you have a website?

    2. Found it--on your Web page as a menu item. I'll be browsing in there soon!

  6. The one book that really carried me away was My Friend Flicka, which I read many times, as well as its sequel Thunderhead. I lived inside that book while I was reading it. Good prompt, Susan. I could have written in several directions. But took the easy road, hee hee.

    1. I invite you to post one of the poems from another direction as well. The prompt willbe open untilcSaturday.

    2. My computer keys are sticking because of a spill. My fingers are working just fine.

  7. I've just posted my response to the midweek motif! good day!

  8. back to the drawing board...i did work ms muffet into my poem today...but it is not a poem for i will work on it....shel silverstein was one of the first poets i read...since my mom was an elementery school teacher

    1. Only 2 of us wrote poems for children. Some of us wrote poems to our child self. I love your Ms. Muffett poem, BTW. I would have liked it as a child too, especially if no one told me what it might mean.

  9. Hi I am glad to be here, my friend Leslie gave me your link.

    1. Give me some guidance, Ranu -- (now that I am hearing the last strains of that amazing Tagore song)-- Which poem is for us? I see that you left the same linjk 2x --or maybe someone else thought they were putting their link in but kept yours (?)--but you'll notice when you read the other participants' poems--each of us linked just one poem not ratherthan our entire blog. Come back, for sure, and play. Thank Leslie for us! Fine poems.

    2. I don't find any poem that has at all to do with the prompt. I'd guess he is just looking for visits to his blog.

  10. How interesting! I didn't even realise my second entry above, written for the Poewar '31 Poems in 31 Days' challenge, fits the theme so well — until you pointed it out, Susan. Obviously this motif, once read, was working away in my subconscious all the time! And it spawned a more conscious response also, which appears as my first entry above, though actually written second. A rich source of material, this prompt!

    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I hope more people find they have more poems spilling out of them for this pormpt. Love!

  11. Love this prompt, Susan.
    Mine is up at:

  12. Thank you Dr Susan for this wonderful creative historical prompt-it was challenging as writing for children has a totally different perspective which I never tried before. I do not feel satisfied with the lines that I managed -maybe another try will get something better.

    1. You told a bit of your literary history, which is always fun.

  13. What a fun prompt. So glad I found this spot!

    1. Thanks for posting your poem, Kamiko. I hope you'll come round to comment on the rest of the poems. There is always lots to read here at Poets United, this prompt on Wednesdays and an open pantry on Sunday.

  14. I, too, thought of my child self in this poem. It fits the topic rather loosely. Excited to read others!

    1. I read the excuse poem for this. I hope it's the right one. Good to see you.

  15. "Where the Sidewalk Ends", was one of my favorite childhood books of poetry. Happy to participate in this prompt! Off to read the other submissions.


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