Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Jumping on the Bed"

This poem is spillover from the September 1, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from wyld_dandelyon and kelkyag. It also fills the "Disability Pride" square in my 9-1-20 card for the I Want Fries With That! Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Monster House series.

"Jumping on the Bed"

Our daughter decided to christen
her newly redecorated bedroom
by jumping on the bed.

She had a wonderful time until
she bounced right off the bed,
hitting her head on the dresser
as she tumbled to the floor.

The monster-under-the-bed
picked her up and soothed
her tears while I went to get
some ice and a dishtowel.

When I came back, she had
a teddy bear that I'd never seen
before, the old kind that growled.

"It's just a bump and a scrape,"
said the monster-under-the-bed.
"A little ice and she'll be fine."

The ice did help, and she
sat quietly until it melted,
but she still seemed upset.

"What's wrong, pumpkin?" I said.

"I can't even jump on the bed
the right way!" she wailed.

"Take pride in who you are,"
said the monster-under-the-bed.
"Never let it hold you back or
make you less than you are."

Then he pulled the jumpropes out
of the closet and tied them around
the bedposts, cinching them on
the inside to make a rectangle
slightly smaller than the mattress.

"Up you go," he said firmly,
boosting her onto the bed. "It's
time to get back on the horse."

So that was what had inspired
the jumping, I mused, looking
at the green bedspread covered
with horses leaping over fences.

"Reach out and find the ropes,"
said the monster-under-the-bed.
"Use those as your guidelines."

Gripping the ropes, she bounced
up and down, at first tentatively,
then as wildly as before.

"So, are you going to scold
her for jumping on the bed?"
he asked, turned to me.

Smiling, I shook my head.
"I wouldn't dream of it."
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