Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tell me a story

Tell me a story
Of once upon a time
When magic ruled the earth.

Tell it short or tell it long,
Make it trivial or sublime,
Write it sad or full of mirth.

Knit a fabric of surprise,
Blend in truth and dreams or lies
But make it real somewise.

Make me laugh or make me cry,
Tell me tales that make me sigh,
Bid me always question, ‘Why?’

Create for me delicious fright
Or make me gasp in sheer delight,
And make sure wrong is never right.

Catch a child’s mind when you can,
Always make your stories fun,
Then, storytellers, you have won.



 Written for 'The Tuesday Platform' in 'imaginary garden with real toads'. 

10 comments:

  1. Knit a fabric of surprise,
    Blend in truth and dreams or lies

    A wonderful description of the storyteller's art.

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  2. Hi Janice .. wonderful - clever and so easy to read through and listen to little ol' me reading it silently in my head! Cheers Hilary

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  3. Forget the kids you've won this adult.

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  4. I like this! "Catch a child's mind when you can" and wake up their imaginations :)

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  5. Superb lines:
    'Knit a fabric of surprise,
    Blend in truth and dreams or lies
    But make it real somewise.'
    I think we all want this, even adults.

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  6. love THIS SO MUCH! What a way with words.

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  7. I love this ode to the art of storytelling.

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  8. I agree with Kerry - love those lines. A wonderful nod to all the wonderful story tellers...

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  9. You captured the insects so beautifully! And your cats are lovely! Wishing you a beautiful day!

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  10. I would definitely like to hear such a story! There is a gift to story telling, but not everyone has it.

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