Picture It And Write/ Ermilia
Oh how glorious
To let this bed
Take me where
Oh how glorious
To let this bed
Take me where
Fairies danced in my head
Dreams of pink elephants
Visions of lollipops
Reliving my innocence
All over again
In ruffles of white
Black patent leathers
With shiny buckles of gold
Lacy white anklets
Twirl in circles
In the breeze
What has happened
To these light
Why is it so
Hard to find them
I guess time has taken
And people have spoken
And babies were born
And words said I do
Have done the impossible
Turned me from a child
To the woman I am today.
Chill in the air
Crackling and sparks
To and fro
Toasted on sticks
Scurrying of possum
Swatting the flies
All cuddle on benches
And chairs and swings
Popping hot squishy
Straight in our mouths
Roars of laughter
As our lips turn white
This is what campfires
Are all about
On a bright crisp night.
She looked both ways, and made sure her parents were sleeping sound in the room next to hers.
She was infatuated with the man she was going to meet. Her parents hair would stand on end if they knew she was meeting a commoner. She was in love, and there was no turning back now.
She had been secretly meeting John for several weeks. Each time they met she would be fascinated with his stories. He had sailed the seas. He was a fisherman. He had traveled to so many countries.
His stories took her on adventures she would never experience in her life time. Her days of growing up were spent in boarding schools. In class all days with girls didn’t give her much excitement but did provide many fantasy dreams.
She had walked to town one fine afternoon to mail a letter for her Mother. Across from the Post Office laughter could be heard. A few guys were smacking each other on the backs and smoking pipes, as if they had just finished dinner.
When she walked by she tucked her head into her umbrella but John had noticed her. He whistled and made a few remarks that turned her ivory cheeks crimson. He followed her into the post office and exiting he took her arm and stopped her.
When she looked up into his eyes she saw the longest black lashes silhouetting big brown eyes. Two dimples formed when he smiled and asked her name. She was mesmerized. She knew that Mother would be tugging at her arm and dragging her a way from this scene, but her feet were frozen and she told him her name was Violet.
“Beautiful name, Violet, and skin like the petals.” Without asking her permission he walked with her until they came to the gates of her home. He made it clear he would like to see her again by caressing her chin.
She told him she could not see him again as her Mother would disapprove, but he took no for an answer.
“Meet me tonight at the gardens. When do your parents retire for the evening?”
“They are usually asleep by 11.”
“Then leave then, Violet, don’t let me down.”
Smiling at him she said,”I will do my best John.”
From then on every night they met at the gardens and the two sat on the bench and talked about everything. She spoke to him about her schools and he told her about his sailing. With each passing night she was putty in his words.
One night as they were parting ways he leaned down and kissed her lightly. She stood on tip toes and kissed him back.
Tonight she was meeting him once again but was thinking about making her dream fantasy become a reality.
Being young and innocent
Free of all cares
In the presence of love
Nothing to stress
Life is good
Life is free
Love is wonderful
Alive every moment
Money in the bank
Jobs are secure
Isn’t life grand
The day after
You are married?
When Kaylee was born she came with a roar. She was screaming as though she had been frightened for her life.
As days went by she would cry at the very moment we all thought was calm. She was like a roaring wave coming closer and closer. If you got too close the wave would suck you under.
Doctors and specialist began the hunt to learn what made this beautiful baby act like she was mad at the world. Tests came back negative. Doctors were scratching their heads. It was as if they were all sitting on a ten-year old tree stump.
At the end of a long journey of failed attempts, it was agreed that this precious child just had one of those personalities. Weeks turned into months and soon Kaylee was old enough to start eating finger foods.
There were many days where the parents along with baby Kaylee enjoyed many meals together. Then there were others, where Kaylee was fed first, leaving cold food for the adults to eat.
Many nights were spent with hearing cries coming from a room at the top of the stairs. It wasn’t the baby. It was the mother. Exhaustion and stress from trying to understand what had gone wrong finally tore at her soul. In order to strip herself and start with a new heart she would cry herself to sleep.
On one trip to the grocery store Mom bought a box of Fruit Loops. The next morning instead of giving the usual jar of baby food she placed the colorful rings in a bowl and sat it on Kaylee’s high chair tray.
Kaylee studied the pieces and touched them. She started to giggle then she would pick up each piece and lay it outside of the bowl. She was happy. Her Mom could do nothing other than sit at the table and be amazed by what she saw.
It was as if Kaylee was fascinated by the different colors. After playing with the pieces she then put one in her mouth and soon was reaching for three or four at a time. Mom smiled as this was a rare treat. She wanted to savor every moment.
From that day forth Fruit Loops were the breakfast choice for happiness. Mom studied books and researched the internet for ways to add color to a boring meal. In no time at all, peace was floating throughout the house. Screaming had faded in memories.
As Kaylee grew older she was surrounded by colorful toys and teddy bears. Her room was done in bright pink colors. Even her clothes were bright and cheery. The parents never knew what color and happiness had to do with each other, but they were happy to do what ever it took.
Today many years later these parents are standing in a large auditorium, taking pictures and clapping hands as their only daughter crosses the stage to receive her diploma. She had soared through college and had been financially taken care of by two scholarships.
In two weeks she was going to be starting her new life in a career of being a teacher, an art teacher.