Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Monday, 15 April 2019

⌗AtoZ challenge, April 15h 2019, letter M

Here is my contribution to the A to Z Challenge of April 2019.
This is the first time I am participating in this challenge, so we'll see if I have the stamina to complete the whole month !

I am also, very ambitiously, writing for the April NaNoWriMo ! So the challenge is
twofold !! But I'm behind in the NaNoWrite, 1500 words out of 10 000 because I'm concentrating on research and building bridges with my contacts.

Hang on to your horse and enjoy the ride. And good luck to all my fellow participants.

If you would like to know more about the challenge and maybe join us in the future go here

M is for Madness

You chase after A's like there's no Air.
You're right there isn't.
Busy like a Bee, you grope at straws.

You had C in Maths in 5th grade,
clinging to crumbs. But 20/20 in J. High.
You had A in French Grammar in primary,
0/20 in French spelling, a year Later.
Go Figure.

You were branded D for Dunce,
F for Fantasising, except everthing
that happened to you was true.
You loved to frolic in the fields,
climb trees.

Eat Doughnuts with Cream and Jam.
You grasped at every galvanating
experience , seizing the Day.
Ellation was your Elixir.
Halt there !

They Hollered. Hell is never far away.
Heaven, easy peasy.
Instilled by restrictions and blows,

your Life can't take Flight.
Lessons learnt the Hard way.
You watched Skippy the Kangaroo,
and dreamt of being a Koala bear,
a panda.

You sang ' Kookaburra sits on the old Gum tree, 
merry, merry King of the Bush is He ' ,
and Listened to ' Le Sud '.
' She's Half-Mad '. No,
the World Is.


If you would like to listen to Le Sud,  go here

and Kookaburra. 
We sung it at school and made a record in 1972 with the British section of the Lycée International of St Germain-en-Laye, under the direction of Dilys Barré, our British Section's teacher. A book/record album recorded by RCA, a French record company, in association with Hatier the editor. She taught us to sing, to play the recorder and to dance. Later on, we performed a musical, The King and his princesses, I think it was called. All my year group got to be princesses, except for me who was an urchin, because I was too tall and skinny ! But I was the understudy of a Peacock, because I danced well and was a quick learner. As luck would have it, on the evening of the performance, she fell ill ! But she recovered before she was due to go on ! Oh ! Well ! I had my moments on the stage later, when I was 15,  in Our Town, as the sister of the Hero with a lovely speech, up on a ladder (at the window sill), about the Stars and the Universe.
Here is the song sung by a choir of children, as our record is not on and I don't know how, for the life of me, to transfer a vinyl onto MP3 !

Our record

Thank you for reading. If you would like to share your thoughts, please comment below
and I will be sure to reply. Have a nice ' M ' day. Brilliant sunshine here in Toulouse this morning. Covered over now. Cool wind from the East.


  1. This is such a brilliant piece. Honestly, you need a bit of craziness to survive. Why don't you curate your experiences on stage. Will be great to read!

  2. Thanks Sonia. I dabbled in Amateur theatrics for ten years. But never did stand ups. Should definitely write my experiences up some day: theater, dancing, choir singing....figure skating when I was young. Even making this record was a very interesting experience. Although at the time, I mostly remember being bored waiting around in between recordings at the record studio !


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