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Prompt #99 Bedtime tales

March 22, 2012


Bedtime tales

what to tell the children now?

We Write Poems:

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
      T.S. ELIOT, Choruses from The Rock

If you want your children to be brilliant, read them fairy tales.
      Albert Einstein

There’s the ledge from which we invite you to leap!  Come leave easy reason aside.  Do a little study perhaps.  Read a fairy tale or two, letting that music get into you.  Your prompt this week is to write a fairy tale poem from your own hand.  What of the world would you have your children consider, what slight of eye and thought, something more than the normal mundane?  How do you want to color this page?

Here’s just a few references for you:
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
List of fairy tales, Wikipedia
Fables, Fairy Tales, Stories and Nursery Rhymes

Have some fun with this please!

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  1. March 23, 2012 12:34 pm

    Do you want a completely made-up fairy tale, or should we use one that everyone knows?

    • March 24, 2012 12:00 am

      Fair question.

      Number one, there are no rules. Except maybe for what the prompt suggests, and it didn’t specify, but even if it did, really, it’s up to you!

      Number two, since you’re nice enough to ask, here’s my sensibility. I look at prompts as an opportunity to challenge ourselves, learn something new about our craft so much as we’re able (or even not). So choose which ever way would be the more challenging for you. How’s that?

      Maybe do a tale we’d hardly recognize as a fairy tale. Or if you take something familiar, tell it in a way unexpected by us, and more importantly, by you yourself. 🙂 That’s both the gist and jest! Have fun too.


  2. March 27, 2012 11:28 pm

    Cool prompt. I hope I won’t forget to post it 🙂

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