I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
Having finally finished and submitted that huge paper that I was working on (I managed to wrap it up at 37 pages and a giant headache!), I am now free to spend my extra time how I please. YES!!!! Today, I wanted to jump back in the saddle at Carrot Ranch and get that burst of creativity-fun that comes from participating in their weekly challenges.
This week’s challenge was to use the word “gander” as a verb meaning “to take a long look,” and to my mind that required some creative license. So I reached back to the custom of my childhood days and wrote a narrative children’s poem, the subject of which is inspired by my own life, clearly. It was quite difficult to fit it down to exactly 99 words, but I finally made it work–and very much enjoyed the challenge!
There was a girl named Aralise
Whose schedule was very full.
She had a different activity
Each day after school:
Mondays, guitar; Tuesdays, drama;
Thursdays, softball; Fridays, ceramics;
And weekends were jam-packed too!
One morning, Aralise woke up and cried,
“What’s today? I forget! I feel dizzy!”
Then she heard a purring voice say,
“Aralise, you’re too, too busy.
“You need time to wander and meander,
To nap in a sun ray,
To pause and ponder, gaze and gander,
And, most of all, to play.”
It was her cat! He winked and smiled.
Amazed, Aralise said, “Okay.”