Imaginary Monsters (100 WCGU)

This weeks challenge by Julia is a huge one. In her words:

Your mission, should you wish to take it up, is a BIG one. We are going to celebrate the Bard by writing sonnets! I can see some frowns! Don’t worry it will stretch your creativity.

  1. You MUST write 14 lines (this is the minimum)
  2. You can use 10 syllables per line (choice)
  3. You could use the following rythmn – a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g. (choice)

So, the least you have to do is write 14 lines. Limit is around 100 words. You may need to go over slightly if you choose to do 2 and 3. The topic is of your choice but of course if you fancy including George and that dragon he is supposed to have slayed then feel free!”

In typical Lisa fashion, I could not simply take the easy way out and write fourteen lines. I had to incorporate all aspects of the challenge, while also adding in some of the muddle that is in my head. These past few days (if you haven’t noticed) have been challenging ones for me as a parent, with no simple solutions in sight. One thing that we discovered yesterday is that the constant talk of Stranger Danger that is enforced on a regular basis has created a young girl who is afraid to interact with the world. That makes me sad. So, all of that combined resulted in my entry for this weeks 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups.

“Here there be dragons” as some adults say
Seeking, with monsters, to grow childhood fears
Hoping to control their instinct to play
Creating a world where joy leads to tears.
“I’ll fight them!” calls George, “I won’t let them win.
If dragons mean we can never have fun.”
“I want to too,” Sarah’s voice sounded thin,
“Fear of the dragon’s means that they have won.”
Did they find dragons?  Why yes, in a way.
A young little dragon hiding in fear
“Why don’t you big bullies just go away?”
There are no monsters that will hurt you here.

Children and dragon slayed “monsters” that day
by learning to conquer fears in their way.

Uh, never wake a sleeping dragon. (Another Sawdust Festival purchase)

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stuart Nager
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 10:48:53

    Really, realy nice. I have been enjoying sonnets (I think you know that)


  2. sjbwriting
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:00:49

    I love the metaphor of fears as dragons. Hope that your daughter manages to slay hers.


  3. Taochild
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:04:41

    Love it. And kind of a sad testament to society. That said, you said said instead of sad 🙂


  4. Kathryn McCullough
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:41:38

    Gosh, I so admire your ability to work within the confines of form. Don’t know if I could do it, to be honest. And, damn, you did a great job. Love the use of the dragon metaphor. Sorry Sarah is struggling.


  5. Andra Watkins
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 13:58:04

    Inspired writing, Lisa.


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  7. 4amWriter
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 21:20:38

    Awesome! I’m supposed to do this challenge, too. I have never attempted a sonnet before but you made it look so easy…!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 21:24:36

      Trust me, it was not easy. And I actually screwed up when I posted it with an extra four lines (which I was able to cut, for better or for worse). Good luck. I look forward to reading yours.


  8. Sparks In Shadow
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 03:53:06

    I like what you did with it. You expressed this subject so well. I had to teach my daughter to be afraid enough to try to be safe. But she got so confused she spent a stretch of time being afraid, too. To this day, I don’t know what I could have done to make it different. Your sonnet reminded me of that.

    (I was surprised to see that we both wrote about difficult times with our daughters. Synchronicity …)


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Apr 18, 2012 @ 08:11:51

      I’m not surprised at all, I think we often have common struggles, we just write about them differently. I don’t know there is any way to teach someone to be “afraid enough” but society wants us to teach them to be terrified. I would like to just teach her to trust her instincts, but even that doesn’t seem to be the answer.


  9. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 16:37:54

    A poignant piece, you can really tell that its written from the heart. Being a parent is such a challenge, but so so worth it. I’m sure that you will all reign supreme and defeat the shadows. X


  10. Sandra
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 03:44:37

    This was very moving, all the more so for having its roots in what’s passing for the ‘real world’ these days. Hope all goes well, and nicely done with this sonnet.


  11. Mayumi
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:17:36

    I enjoyed this a lot, but the implications of the backstory are so emotional and moving. Nicely done.


  12. Bod for tea
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 14:42:52

    This is just wonderful, clever and a great story. Well done you!


  13. Ian
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 15:02:02

    Love this. Cleverly written and super imagery. Thank you for sharing.


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  15. jfb57
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 10:16:12

    This is such a timeless piece that could be shared with young learners for so many different things – writing, PSHE, language, emotions, bullying etc. Wonderful and you have managed the genre perfectly. Thank you Lisa!


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