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Poem: "Little Monster House on the Prairie"

This poem came out of the March 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from my_partner_doug.  It was sponsored by janetmiles.  This poem belongs to the series Monster House.


Little Monster House on the Prairie


When I read bedtime stories
to my daughter,
we have an audience:
always the monsters
under-the-bed and in-the-closet,
often the bogeyman,
and the lurking shadow
draped like a quilt across the bed.

She loves the "Little House" series
by Laura Ingalls Wilder,
and it's a bit of a surprise
to find that not everyone else agrees.

When I ask why,
the monster under the bed
sighs and explains, "They weren't
very friendly people, that family.
I heard about it from one of my uncles.
When they moved into the dugout,
they crowded out the other residents
who hadn't left with that nice immigrant family.
Not everybody wants to move,
but sometimes you don't get a choice."

I think about the rustic description
of the house built under a hill
with its whitewashed walls and sod roof,
and the time a cow put a foot right through
into the room below.
Such a pretty little place, it had seemed,
described so cheerfully, and yet
now it shifts in my mind's eye.

Sometimes, I realize,
history looks different
depending on who's writing it down.

* * *

Notes:

You can read more about the "Little House" books.

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je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: March 7th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG I love this. I LOVE THIS!!! I love anything to do with Little House and this is a new perspective!! I LOVE IT!!!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 7th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

It's a favorite series of mine, too, but I've always had a quirky perspective.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: March 8th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes, I realize,
history looks different
depending on who's writing it down.


Verily.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 8th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

>>Oh, yes indeed! Thank you for this!<<

I'm glad you like it.

>>Coincidentally, Little House on the Prairie is our household's current read-aloud book.<<

Reading aloud is a wonderful family activity.

>> (Here via janetmiles; may I add you to my reading list?) <<

Go right ahead! Thanks for telling me where you came from, too.

You've found a poem from one of my most popular series; you might enjoy looking up others. There's a link to it above the poem. My Serial Poetry page lists other series that I've written; lots of fantasy, a little science fiction and other stuff.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: March 14th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved the Little House books too. My favorite was the Little House in the Woods book because of all the descriptions of she included of putting food up for the winter.
History is very much dependent on the POV of whoever is paying the historian who's writing it all down.
Maybe we should all get together and list all the historical POV's we'd like to hear about?
I'd love to read the diary of Benjamin Franklin's common-law wife, for instance. I'm curious about how she managed to cope with the Post Office and all the other duties he blithely dumped into her lap while he gallivanted off to Europe!
:)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 14th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>History is very much dependent on the POV of whoever is paying the historian who's writing it all down.<<

So very true.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: March 14th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lego "haunted houses"

These reminded me of Monster House, especially the second one. http://weburbanist.com/?p=47444
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 14th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lego "haunted houses"

Wow, that's really something.
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