The innocence of a child, wide eyed with wonder and purity, searching for security and knowledge. But there are times we can take lessons from them. They show what real trust and love and joy are all about. It wouldn’t hurt us to switch places with them and become their students in these regards. You have all offered beautiful and inspiring pieces worthy of the recognition. We thank you for your worth and contribution to this place we all can claim as our own. The BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS for week #42 are now on stage!

Marie Elena’s Bloom:

What a fun prompt this was!  Diapers to duct tape to distractions … all struck my fancy, made me chuckle, or touched my heart.  Thank you all for taking up Walt’s challenge of writing a children’s poem.  I thought many would bow out of this one.  Instead, you rose to the challenge, and drew the most comments we have seen to date.  Awesome!

My Bloom goes to Alexandra Palmer (The Happy Amateur) for “You Are The Be(a)st!”  This piece is fun-fun-fun, imaginative, and suits the prompt to a “T.”  Tighten up the meter, and GET THEE TO A PUBLISHER!

~You Are The Be(a)st!~

It happened in a misty land,
Where beastly creatures dwell.
A yelp was heard to lend a hand
(Or was it ‘paw’? Oh, well.)

“What must I do? Where should I go?
I need to have a plan!
I have to know! I want to grow!
Please, help me if you can!”

“My little beast, you’re worried sick!
It’s going to be OK!
Sit down, have some chocolate milk,
And hear what I say:

You will find out what you’re about,
Just do your very best,
And Mother Nature will – no doubt –
Take care of the rest.

Before you know it, you’ll grow
And see what future brings.
Have fun, and go with the flow,
And try all sorts of things.

Try wiggling ears, growing claws,
Try glowing in the dark,
Try rolling eyes and clicking jaws,
Try grinning like a shark,

Try sleeping in the scariest cave,
Try howling at the moon,
And if you’re really, really brave,
Try eating with a spoon!

Try being small, but standing tall,
Try out your mighty roar!
And when you think you’ve tried it all,
Try trying even more!

Try ups and downs… never fear:
You’ll find your guiding star.
But most importantly, my dear,
Just be the beast you are.

I’m always with you, always near,
No matter how far.
And I will always love you, dear,
Just for the beast you are.”

Walt’s Selection:

A fun prompt to a point. We all loved fairy tales that offered us lessons of life and love in some way.  All wrapped up in a “Happily Ever After”  In a perfect world, all lessons should be as such. But we know better. We are imperfect people in an imperfect world. Our tales are of princesses and princes, little wooden boys and floppy eared Elephants. Reality is of people struggling to survive. Doing what is needed to secure those very lives. Part of our reality consists of such warriors. Kimiko Martinez teaches a lesson some would just as soon forget. Thank you for teaching me something I already knew, Kimiko. Here’s your beautiful bloom.

THE WARRIOR by Kimiko Martinez

Dedicated to Sgt. William Stacey, a 23-year-old Marine who died in Afghanistan a few weeks ago.
And to all the warriors we have lost and love.

William was a warrior.
So off to war he went,
as warriors often do.

He kissed his girl
and faced his fate,
in a far off place

full of warriors who
had kissed thier own
wives and mothers

faced their own fates,
fighting to protect
an idea that burned

as deep as their love
for the women who
would stare at some

far-off place as they
thought of the men
they loved, off at war,

hoping they would
come home to love
them once more.

William was a warrior.
He died for this love.
As warriors often do.