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Poem: "Say Goodnight" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Say Goodnight"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from the_vulture.  It has been sponsored by catsittingstill.


Say Goodnight


When the new people
came to Turtle Island,
they brought their children with them,
and Horned Toad went
to look after the little ones.

The children took one look
at the ugly little totem
and burst into tears.

That was upsetting.

So Horned Toad went to Bear,
who had the magic of transformation.
"I cannot fulfill my duty," he said to her.
"These funny pale babies are afraid of me."

Bear loaned him her fur coat.
Horned Toad went back to the little ones
in their odd square dwellings
and this time they smiled instead of screaming.

In this manner,
Toadie  became Teddy
and was able to do his job again,
keeping children safe from the nasty things ...

Say goodnight.

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pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: December 7th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww!
From: technoshaman Date: December 7th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely, awww! We had the conversation about Pooh... :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 7th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this.
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: December 7th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

I like horned toads, actually--I think they're cute. But I can see why a baby might not think so.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 7th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

I think they're cute too. Apparently they're rather popular to catch as pets among older children. But babies and toddlers tend to think with their hindbrain, and thorny-looking scaly things often scare them.
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