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Childhood Imagination Sows Seeds of Future Brilliance

For World Poetry Day! A Humble Contribution…


Dante’s Inferno by Gustav Dore

you ask me if I will mind you leaving?
I will not mind…
that you erase the sun
blot out the stars
pull down the moon.
and take my bleeding heart with you.


copyright 2013 Niamh Clune


About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

6 comments on “For World Poetry Day! A Humble Contribution…

  1. Papizilla
    March 22, 2013

    World Poetry Day? And I missed it? I guess I need to pay more attention.

    Very good poem too. I’m sharing this post on We Drink Because We Are Poets Facebook page. They will enjoy it as well.


  2. mapelba
    March 24, 2013

    I like the poem, and I’m sorry I had to miss poetry day.


  3. Patricia Tilton
    March 24, 2013

    Very lovely poem.


  4. the secret keeper
    March 25, 2013

    What an amazing amount went into what appears as so few lines. It says everything that needed to be spoken. Great poem Niamh. It describes the pain I know I would feel and have felt when someone I love has been been taken from me. It is unbearable. Now it would rip out my heart as you so evocatively have written in your poem. Love this amazing poem. Jennifer

    And shame on me, for I will speak only for myself, for missing World Poetry Day. I need to start paying better attention. jk


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