A Strange, Sweet Lullaby
I was up in a mind-blowing
solar system, sitting on
an ice-blue dragon with
glittering, shimmering wings.
My mind was a new shooting star
as I sang in the star-spangled brightness
of a billion bauble-filled vistas.
Far to the left were peppermint moons
while right close by were
peach-coloured, cartwheeling butterflies.
The planets that spun and danced on their
way to distant, dazzling suns
were tiny and topaz and strawberry pink.
The dragon arrowed up, up, up into a
whole new place, and it glowed to the
tip of its tail before it sang in a resonant voice.
It was a strange, sweet lullaby that was
smooth and gloriously soothing.
The peppermint moons listened and
hummed a refrain to the constant streaming
of tinkling platinum particles.
Then we were no longer alone as dragon
after wing-flapping dragon was there,
each with a laughing child on its back.
Where we were going, I cannot say,
but that it was good to be there,
each happy child understood.
The Earth was barely a memory
and the vistas before us were warm
and utterly welcoming.
We put up our hands and clapped
as we sang.
Up, up we soared into
soft, streaming light.
And we never looked back!
Our faces, our eyes, and then
all of us bounced and beamed into
the billion bright baubles and we
each became one of them.
The dragons planed down.
They were going back to Earth.
We had found a new place
way beyond outer space,
and we were now beautifully
part of it all.
call it what you will,
but we were still us and
also new again,
and it was an absolute thrill.
© Andrew Pender-Smith 2018
If you enjoyed this poem, you might like to also read ‘THAT’S FANTASTIC!’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. Click on the link to take a look. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B078HF378N
Happy New Year to all those who have interacted with me on the Green Monkey Publications website, as well as to those who might have just come across this particular creative space for the first time. Sebastian de Ververt joins me and Craig Carden by saying:
Have de Happee New Year.
Have de fun.
Have de laughter.
Don be naughtee.
Well, not too much…
Take care. Stay healthee.
Keep swinging creativelee.
Frum Sebastian de Vervet,
everyone’s favourite jumpee monkey
Those who have read Craig Carden’s ‘Easter Beside an Estuary’ have called it a “beautiful love story” and ‘tenderly written”. Brad Peters and Karl van Aswegen meet at a top boarding school, where they fall in love. Their affair reaches its height on a citrus farm in rural Zululand, South Africa. They ride together, swim naked, fish and make love. Brad, the blond and highly artistic one and Karl, the dark-haired sport player, want their closeness to go on forever. Karl’ s turbulent and brooding older brother Stephan, the crocodiles in the river and the snakes in the steamy undergrowth, are not their only danger. One far, far greater comes out of a hot South African night…
I encourage you to click on the link and, hopefully, you will soon be embroiled in the story of love, joy and pain that was Brad and Karl’s time in a flawed Eden.
Merree Christmas an de Happee New Year
Sebastian de Vervet says dat if you are
de one celebrating Christmas den
an den I’m tinking, tinking it’s also time for
de New Year.
I’m saying, ‘’Happee, Happee New Year.’’
Have some fun.
May de good times come.
Don be naughtee. Well, not too much…
I’m making special wishes for those
May you make your best work yet
be it painting, prose or poetry.
Sebastian de Vervet
Andrew Pender-Smith and Craig Carden of Green Monkey Publications say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” too.
Hip Hip Hooray! ‘THAT’S FANTASTIC!’ the third children’s story in the ‘Be Brave’ series by Andrew Pender-Smith has just been released. I encourage you to take a look by clicking on the link http://www.amazon.com./dp/B078HF378N
The others in the series are ‘Floating into Happiness’ and ‘Singing and Clapping’.
The photo at the top of the page was used to create the cover.
‘An Absolute Killing’, a new novelette by Andrew Pender-Smith, has just been published on Amazon kindle by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is the latest in a number of short works he has written in the suspense/horror and mystery genres. Click on the link to see the book and learn more about it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0786NMF6C
The photo was used for the cover of the novelette.
A Gift For Life
To every mother and father,
and gran and grandpa, too.
Here’s an important message
that’s meant just for you.
If you want the child in
your life to get ahead.
You need to expand his mind.
You need to feed what’s in his head.
Read aloud to your child
every day of your life.
Read stories about anything,
even those that are fantastic and wild.
You’ll build his vocabulary.
Help him to think.
He’ll be able to visualise
and become very wise.
As readers are leaders,
help him become one, too.
Let him learn of this.
Let him learn of that.
Start reading him a story.
Begin right now.
One word at a time.
Whether it’s prose,
or whether it’s rhyme,
you’ll give him a gift for a lifetime.
PS. I didn’t mean to offend.
I truly did not.
Don’t think of me as a beast
as this doesn’t come least:
If your child is a girl,
of course you’ll read just
as much to her, too.
© Andrew Pender-Smith
Rhyming Answers Game
A little lateral thinking can go a long way to encourage the mind to come up with new ideas. The ‘Rhyming Answers Game’ is a fun way to keep thinking fresh. I have used this with students of dramatic arts and English. The game always proves lively and entertaining, and it definitely enhances their abilities as thinkers and communicators.
In essence, they are asked to answer a question in rhyme. It may be one they come up with themselves or one that is given to them. Here are two examples:
Q. Do you like insects?
No, not really.
They have too many
Spindly legs and when
They move, I think they look
Mad and scary.
Q. Would you love to go to outer space?
I think it would be amazing.
I would fly through the Milky Way
And do close-up star gazing.
I’d do flick-flacks all along
Jupiter’s glowing ring
And sing a rock song
I’d float way above every moon
And shout down to Earth ‘’I love
It up here so I won’t be coming back
Any time soon.
That’s it for now. Thank you for reading.
As per usual, ‘’Happy Creating’’.
Please note: I first came across this game in a book called Party Games for Children by Mary Vivian.
This attractive photo was used for the cover of ‘Singing and Clapping’ a story for children in the 7-9 age-group. ‘Singing and Clapping’ sees Linda the potato who loves everything pink, Sylvester the carrot with long purple hair, and Big Bruce the blue balloon share another adventure. The story is the second in the ‘Be Brave’ series. The first story is called ‘Floating into Happiness’. Both stories can be found on Amazon Kindle.
Singing and Clapping – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765RB1QH
To find out how these three characters came into being, you can scroll down to visit an earlier post called ‘Creating Characters from Objects’.
To those involved in the arts, ‘Happy Creating’.