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Wednesday Poetry Corner With Aprilia Zank And Cleber Pacheco

Here is another of the wonderful poetry submission for the MOTHER anthology. You still have a few days to send in yours. This poem is by the great Aprilia Zank The art work is by Brazilian artist Cleber Pacheco.  

with a blade of grass

they could break you

plum tree books, Mother Anthology

Art By Cleber Pacheco
copyright Cleber Pacheco All rights reserved

with a blade of grass
with a word
with a whisper

but you still have
things to do
tasks to accomplish
trees to plant
infants to bear
numbers to give to years

and you still have

wars to fight
for the sake of peace
hearts to bruise
for the sake of love
shadows to bury
for the sake of light

and yet

they can break you
with a blade of grass
with a word
with a whisper

with a whisper


copyright Aprilia Zank 2014

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.

14 comments on “Wednesday Poetry Corner With Aprilia Zank And Cleber Pacheco

  1. nativemericangirl
    May 28, 2014

    Powerfully versed. 🙂


  2. Jenean Gilstrap
    May 28, 2014

    lovely piece!


  3. Sue Lobo
    May 28, 2014

    What a beautiful piece.x


  4. drpendyala2005
    May 28, 2014



  5. Gretchen Del Rio
    May 29, 2014

    Great poem. Great art.


  6. thiskidreviewsbooks
    May 29, 2014

    Well said. 🙂


  7. Imen Benyoub
    June 12, 2014

    great poem Aprilia..!


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