Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goth Girl

In the last couple months, the Mermaid Girl has come into her own as a reader and a writer. These days we have to make a follow-up visit to her room after her bedtime song, so as to confiscate the flashlight she uses to read "Junie B. Jones" under the covers. Many afternoons she can be found plomped on the floor, reading picture books aloud to her dolls. She writes notes to her friends, journal entries, and labeled maps ("spy maps").

And she writes poems, inspired by Harry Potter (she's heard the first book read aloud, and seen the first three movies) and her newfound interest in "scary stories." Yesterday I found the following inscribed on both sides of a sticky note. According to her, it's not finished yet, but she gave permission for me to reproduce it here anyway.

[All spelling and line breaks duplicated from the original; she doesn't break lines on the rhyme, but a 3"x3" sticky note imposes its own structure. I translated creatively spelled words only when they might be hard to understand otherwise.]
Were Wolf

When full moon light
tuchis [touches] Were Wolf's
eye, graitfel frieinds
be prperd too diy.
He no longer remebers
who he is. He only
responds too his den call,
his scerry houl ecose [echoes]
down the hall. He
chacese man and best [beast].
Apparently all is not rainbows and fairies in MG's inner world. We await further developments.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's really advanced for her age!
I've never understood the scary story attraction, but a lot of kids have it, don't they?

10:22 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

WOW, MG! That's really good. And I'm like, a writer and stuff.

1:25 PM  
Blogger S. said...

Grateful friends be prepared to die--some intense stuff going on there.

8:51 PM  
Blogger elswhere said...

aw, gosh, thanks! I mean, thanks on my kid's behalf. Always nice to have companions in kvelling about her accomplishments ;-)

S., I asked MG about that line and she said something like "They're GRATEFUL because he did things for him. But now he doesn't remember that they're his friends." Presumably they won't be grateful any more after he attacks them. But I'm not sure exactly where she's going with it.

Myself, I'm fond of the half-rhyme of "who he is" and "man and beast." Though I don't think she did it on purpose.

Also, she confirmed that the poem is "based on Harry Potter." She's obsessed.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous MonkeyPants said...

Yay for the budding poet MG!

Boy, is she ever literate. Not that that was a surprise or anything. I just love it when I see it!

12:32 PM  

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