Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Small House

In the small house
A small girl
Spent a small part
Of every afternoon.

In the big house
Her big family
Acted all the time
Like wild baboons.

Clean windows, silver locks,
Flowers in a window box--

That's the small house
Where a small girl
Dreamed dreams as pretty,
small,
and distant
As the moon.
_____

A poem in 55 words.

21 comments:

HermanTurnip said...

It's important for a kid to have a place where s/he can dream. Great poem! Thanks for sending me into the weekend with a smile :-)

The Subversive Librarian said...

I love this little poem. I like its simplicity, its rhythm, its balance. Nicely done.

G-Man said...

Hmmmm....
Beat out by Edgar Allen Poe
Grrrrrrrrr

Loved your Small Story Shay.
It's always an honor to have you play.
Thanks for visiting and reading, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Brian Miller said...

we all need our places to escape to...even if we can not get out of the orbit of the big one...keep dreaming little girl in the little house...

Cloudia said...

we relate to that girl in her private space. . .



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Christine said...

you make writing seem effortless, love visiting here, enjoyed this very much

myheartslovesongs said...

"Where a small girl
Dreamed dreams as pretty,
small,
and distant
As the moon."

love this 55, Shay! ♥

darkangelwrites said...

I would have thought big dreams could have come out of that little house. I liked the wild baboons.

Hannah Stephenson said...

Love the sing-songy sweetness of this.

nene said...

some mornings I awaken and choose to live in a 'little house', one I never had as a child. Hopefully, it's not just for little girls :-{)

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

That's a darling little house alright. You put the reader right inside it, Shay.

Linc said...

This is really beautiful, thank you.

hedgewitch said...

So perfectly composed its one of those where you can't believe its only 55 words. My husband has a photo book called Tiny Houses, like the one in your pic, and they seem to embody a sort of wholeness that many bigger houses dissipate in unneeded rooms of chaos, full of baboons. Loved this small dream, however far away the moon always seems to stay.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Lovely and poignant. One feels the loneliness of the little girl, related to her baboon-people in the big house.

Lolamouse said...

I wish I had that house! I'd move in tomorrow!

Steve Isaak said...

Enjoyed this a lot - good read, made me smile. =)

mac said...

I always like the expression, "Big love grows in small houses"
Tis poem fits :-)

Lynn said...

How did I miss this? Lovely.

Helen said...

I could live in this tiny house.

Mama Zen said...

Makes you glad that she could escape to the small house. Hell, I wish that I could escape to a small house sometimes.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This reminds me of David E Kelley style story-telling. It resonated with the anti-social me.