AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Saturday, September 25, 2010

In the Style of Silverstein's Whimsy

Writer's Island 2010 ~ Prompt #22 ~ Image by American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author — Shel Silverstein
+ whimsy


There is a place where the boardwalk ends
Just before the drop begins,
And there the view glows sweet and light,
And there the fall burns crimson bright,
And there young souls crouch in fright
Willing a candyfloss wind.

The boardwalk is cracking
And dust is amassing
And the dog's in a frantic fit
And it's so exciting
Beyond inviting
Not knowing that bottomless pit

The sign says "KEEP OFF!"
So I thought that meant "JUMP!"
So I'm doing just as I'm told
Mum will be so pleased
Her mind will be eased
Knowing I'm brave and bold

O Susie hang on
For the ride of your life
For here comes a big pink cloud
The candyfloss wind
Is a wonderful thing
When you don't want a straight drop down

P.S. The whimsy of magical thoughts
May seem unreal
But there is nothing more real to the soul than
A moment of

Hosted by Rob Kistner

LOCATION: in the Sea of Words
LONGITUDE: Imagination
LATITUDE: Creativity
CLIMATE: Warm winds of wonder


vivinfrance said...

Good poem, great last line.

Linda Jacobs said...

"Candyfloss wind" Love it! Shel would approve!

Marie Elena said...

GREAT stuff! I must say that I especially love your "P.S." True, true, true.

Marie Elena

Mary said...

Your poem was very nice. I like Shel Silverstein's poem, and your poem, based on it, made me smile. It's obviou you are very fond of / familiar with Shel.

Tilly Bud said...

I really like this; there's something quite charming about it.

Diane T said...

I recall taking a giant leap and failing, LOL. I love what you wrote from this prompt!

Bloggin'withAmanda said...

really cute Gemma "The sign says "KEEP OFF!"
So I thought that meant "JUMP!"
this is my daughter to a "T" she would jump for sure!

Systematic Weasel said...

Wonderfully written post! =)


Cassiopeia Rises said...

Oh, I liked this very much. It made me smile. Thanks.




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