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A Blackboard Tale


A blackboard was introduced to a wee little girl,

Poetry flowed as she held a chalk so tight –

Nonsense mostly about kings visiting

and munching on puffed rice,

Bizarre stories of a lamppost and a hat.

White scribbles on a black surface

shone bright and glad

as she sat for hours

and chalked down tales so rad.

A dog called Laika inspired

a sudden burst of ambition –

‘Off to the moon!’ I wish to fly

An astronaut all dressed in a space suit

It involved mathematics and physics too.

Absurd equations decorated the board

Fancies flew towards space and moon.

‘Can I fly to the sun too?’

‘Oh, then you will fry, won’t you?’

‘What if the sun likes me

and makes an exception to let me through?’

Laughs from her parents

and a ‘maybe he would’

But you will need to study

to grow old and succeed as you could.


Off to the moon!

An aspiration so bold

Poetry and science

All on the same black plane

of longitudes and latitudes.

How about the North Pole?

Don’t Eskimos live there?

I would like to meet one

and play with the polar bears,

Fly along the icicles and

shake away the droplets from nose edge.

Dreams and dramas club to form

Wild imagination all fresco clad

A hazy and then a strong storm

of baby steps into a woman mad

To see the universe and

lap up the mysteries to be had.

© 2019 Tiyasha Maitra


Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on January 05, 2020:

Yes Mark, kids can have such beautiful and wild shades of perception. Thanks for reading.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on January 05, 2020:

It’s wonderful how children see things and allow their imaginations to flourish. You’ve captured this phenomenon, Tiyasha.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on December 28, 2019:

Thanks so much Manatita for the lovely thoughts. Hope you have a great new year's day.

manatita44 from london on December 28, 2019:

Another from a different person but full of dreams too. Seems the time for new ideas. Welcome 2020!

Hope you get to the sun, like Icarus, but with safety nets; see the moon and polar bears too. Peace.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on December 23, 2019:

I am glad you liked it Lora. Yes, the magnitude of imagination that innocence can bring is extremely precious. I love the way children can open their minds to all impossible possibilities and convincingly paint pictures.

Lora Hollings on December 23, 2019:

I just love this poem! It captures the boundless imagination of a child through fun and vivid imagery. With your style and with your words you paint a picture of a little girl who is full of life, curiosity, and fanciful dreams. I feel as though I could go with her as she seems so real to me. Brilliantly done!

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on December 22, 2019:

Thanks Liz. Glad you liked it.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 22, 2019:

Fascinating flights of fantasy through the medium of a blackboard.

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