A Child's Tale

by Ginette T Belle

I play beneath the berry tree
That's where I'm put so they can't see
And hear the stupid things I say
Or watch me in the light of day

And when they tire of playing smart
They bring me tea and apple tarts
Fight amongst my paper dolls
Plastic smiles till nature calls

Then off they go again to sit
With friends to laugh and sing a bit
An invisible wall around my head
I could be asleep or I could be dead

The sun it rises high above
I stand with dirty palms of love
Buried thoughts cannot be known
Under my berry tree alone


Author's Note: inspired by "A Child's Garden of Verses"

Posted on 03/16/2004
Copyright © 2022 Ginette T Belle

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kara Hayostek on 03/17/04 at 02:45 PM

Interesting Poem, nice rhyme...sounds like a lonely child.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 03/17/04 at 02:48 PM

The rhyme IS well done and plants the image of a child on my tongue as I read this mature reflection of childmusings. Brilliant, indeed.

Posted by Trisha De Gracia on 03/18/04 at 06:49 PM

I've never encountered an idea like this, taking childmusings and putting them in a poem, but very maturely, even with a "cutesy" kind of rhyming scheme. I really like the effect you've created here. Awesome work.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 03/19/04 at 03:50 AM

Very good Ginette....Charlie

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 03/19/04 at 04:11 AM

a very interesting view from a child..well done

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/19/04 at 10:57 PM

A truly haunting piece, with a sadness that cuts right through to the soul. Adds new meaning to that old saying, "children should be seen and not heard," although yours goes even deeper by subtly saying they shouldn't be seen either. An all too true reflection of too many families nowadays. Kudos for the thought provoking poetry!

Posted by JD Clay on 03/20/04 at 06:01 PM

Nicely crafted, twisting visualization from the eyes of a youngster, Ginette. Pe4ce...

Posted by Kalikala Smith on 03/23/04 at 06:59 AM

i'll agree with the others about the wonderful use of rhyme scheme and everything else... excellent read:)

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 12/15/06 at 06:26 PM

I have to agree with all of the above... but I wanted to say, what a sad story

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