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The Wednesday Corner With Juliette Kings

A need you dare not admit.

 Introducing Juliette Kings AKA Vampire Maman. Juliette’s blog is packed full of great parenting advice. Juliette writes really well, naturally and passionately, often using metaphor and story-line to get her message across. I asked Juliette if she would do a Wednesday Corner for Plum Tree Books, and she has given us a smorgasbord of delights. 


Poetry on a Vampire Mom blog? Why? I’ll tell you.

By Juliette Kings

(Vampire Maman)

People won’t admit they read poetry and are moved by it…but late at night they go on the Internet and search it out. It is like pornography. I’m dead serious (no pun intended). It is a need that most people will not dare admit to.

It isn’t a good time for me to expound upon the history of poetry or what caused the American population (among others) claim not to like poets. But I would like to remind everyone, especially those of us who can remember the past several centuries that there was a time that poets were the Rock Stars of our culture.

Sometimes I pull out my old volumes of favorites and read in the quiet of the night or on a rain soaked day. In turn, I also look for the new. I marvel at the many voices I see with poetry on the Internet.

Part of me believes technology with recorded music, radio, TV etc maybe brought an end to the poet as a popular icon. But in turn the Internet, yes the Internet has brought poetry back to life.

I see in the online communities poets being read, not ignored. I don’t read those words online “I don’t like poetry.” I see people who NEVER would read a poem, forwarding poetry to their friends and loved ones.

Poetry is a gift to the soul. Poetry is for everyone. Everyone needs poetry, like a vampire needs blood, like a hawk needs to fly, like a fish needs to swim. I know that wasn’t very poetic but you get the point – I hope.

A little over a year ago I started writing the blog Vampire Maman (

For me poetry is a way to put down words to express feelings that can’t always be explained otherwise. Just random thoughts and feelings. At least that is what works for me. I’m not a poet. I’m a storyteller.

I use poetry to tell stories. On my blog I talk a lot about 17 year old Garrett, a Vampire teen who is forever in love with one girl after the other – and of course he is always getting his heart broken. To deal with his feelings he writes poetry (which I usually find in the laundry.)

Looking back,

You’re a pale ghost.

A monster waiting,

To feed upon the Vampire boy.

I feel your unholy energy,

Your thirst for power,

You prey on my heart,

You sucked away my love.

Alone in the dark,

I see your selfish soul,

Your glowing eyes,

That burn into my mind.

Loving a human girl,

Can only bring pain,

They are the monsters,

Bitches who bite deep.

 Sometimes I’ll write something just to get an idea or feeling across…as in night and darkness…love…and mystery.

 Musings of Night and Darkness

Night glimmers with light

Life abounds

The music of crickets

The glow of eyes in the night

Of raccoon and possums

Coyotes and cats

Nocturnal parties

Quiet in their celebrations

Stars and moon light the way

Reflecting off of waters

While cool breeze

Fills the night air

Beauty in darkness

No time for dreams

Vampire Love Poem

I was a spirit

In white silk with pink roses

Bustle in back

You in black tails

Took my breath away

And a century later

When you realized

That I loved you

I could exhale

 And sometimes I write a few words of verse just to start off a story. 

My favorite poetry on my blog is from other writers. About half the poetry I post isn’t mine. One of my favorites is from my own daughter (written about two years ago). This was an assignment for school but I had to share.

We destroy and help make screaming silence

As wonderful as we are
This world we are destroying
With our safe guns,
Truly false, bitter sweetness
Upside down ways, violently peaceful,
Beautiful flaws we do it’s never been right
Maybe one day the unborn children can make a change
Be yourself, fix the bad karma, Live your life and fix things as much as you can.
Maybe one day it will all be better
Maybe long after you and me
But things can only get worse before they get better
Charlotte Kings Age 12 2012

Your assignment today is to READ, SAVOR and SHARE poetry with someone you love.

Juliette Vampire Maman

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.

17 comments on “The Wednesday Corner With Juliette Kings

  1. the secret keeper
    July 3, 2013

    You know I love your writing. The stories you weave and the wisdom you share always brings more thoughts and feeling to me that would otherwise not be there. You, Juliette, are so generous and loving with your children. An inspiration the respect you show them and the understanding too. It is good to see you being represented on Niamh’s blog ontheplumtree. What delightful to pull into bed with me as I meet the sunlight outside with closed eyes and dream filled sleep. Thank you both. I do love all that you wrote Juliette. And thank you Niamh for bringing someone I am so familiar with, who gives me support and I get to share her writings often in my reading. Jk


    • Juliette
      July 3, 2013

      Oh Jennifer your words touch me. Thank you so much. Hugs.


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    July 3, 2013

    I have been following Juliette’s super blog having met her at this very space and I know she writes fantastic. It is a pleasure to see her here at Plum Tree. Niamh , you have a knack for finding gems like her and bringing them under the tree! Enjoyed reading her post here and hats off to little Charlotte Kings -all of 12 and such wisdom !


    • ontheplumtree
      July 3, 2013

      Yes! What a lovely poem from Charlotte. Juliette is also a great artist. You should see her sketches. Talk about diverse, Reena, this blog is rich with such a variety of writers.


    • Juliette
      July 3, 2013

      Thank you so much. Charlotte (aka Clara) turns 14 on Friday and she is still writing!
      I have a lot of fun writing my blog and I’m so glad to share it with others (I’m glad someone is reading it). And I’ve discovered so many great bloggers/friends through the Plum Tree Group. Wow. I’m a little flushed right now.


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    • ontheplumtree
      July 3, 2013

      Many thanks for the reblog, Butterflies. You are so very generous.


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  6. Juliette
    July 3, 2013

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I am honored to be here with such good company (and truly good people.)

    And thank you for all the reblogs. Oh my goodness, I am truly touched.


  7. great post 🙂 great writers! juliette and charlotte.


  8. Patricia Tilton
    July 3, 2013

    Lovely post. Can’t believe Charlotte was only 12 when she wrote her poem. What talent.


    • ontheplumtree
      July 3, 2013

      Many thanks Patricia. Isn’t it wonderful?


    • Juliette
      July 9, 2013

      She is 14 now and still writing fiction – but she is usually known for her sense of humor.


  9. Walking with Beverley
    July 9, 2013

    Great Post Juliette….:D Love your blog also…


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