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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Writer's workshop: a jump rope rhyme about a different time


One jump in, try not to frown
Alone again, a boring town
Two of us, I wear the key
Around my neck, for all to see

Three and four unlock the door
No friends inside is a bore
Parents won't know what we do
Hours of fun without a clue

Best friends with boys across the way
Our parents split, no one could stay
Death took one of the boys from us
My heart still feels the painful crush

Divorce and distance take a toll
Five and six I am a fool
Missing family far away
No words can take the pain away

Seven eight my family grows
She has his eye, my little nose
I understand a mother's love
Hurt even more from what's above

Touch the ground, count up to ten
Still feel alone, need a friend
One jump out, try not to pout
Life is full of round about

Mama’s Losin’ It

Inspired by the genius of Mama Kat

14 random thoughts:

David Allen Waters said...

LOVE this....it brings me back in time, watching my first crush Misty jumping rope...a smile crosses my face even as I type.

hugs friend

Mama Kat said...

Yay! You did it!! It's crazy what these poems do...playful tunes with big powerful imagery = wow. Well done!!

K said...

Wow, I think you and Mama Kat really caught on to something powerful with this jump rope idea of a poem. It goes up and down and hits each beat of the heart with the ups and downs in life, all seen through the eyes of an adult now.

As a child, jump roping seemed like such a simple easy thing on the heart and mind.

But as an adult, this jump roping poem you've written really shows us the loss of innocence we experienced.

Crystal @ PoM said...

Wow, that's a very moving post. Hugs to you! You did a really great job with the prompt though!

Morgan said...

It's amazing how much you can capture in just a few stanzas! Visiting from Mama Kats :)

Paynesco said...

Wow is all I can say. Very powerful and touched my heart. Thanks for sharing.

Paynesco said...

WOW is all I can say...very powerful and beautiful. Thankks for sharing;)

SUPAHMAMA! said...

Love the round about bit! So very very true! Life does come full circle, doesn't it.

Amanda said...

This is beautiful. :)

Pat said...

Definitely has a rhythm to it! Great job!

Jenners said...

Wow … well done!!! I'm proud of you!

septembermom said...

Terrific!!!!! I loved this. The poem felt so alive with energy and the rhythm is perfect.

The M half of the M -n- J Show said...

Well done! This is powerful, moving, and nostalgic all at the same time.

Visiting from MamaKat's.

Mry Jhnsn said...

very cool! nice job! new follower from mama kat

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