four child with book senryu

four child with book senryu

sailing island-ward
tireless monsters await
where the wild things are

all the eggs have hatched
quaking and waddling road-ward
make way for duckling

man with yellow hat
curious monkey named George
unlimited fun

what words can you read
child with upside down book
living life forward


Hear this on chirbit


Written for:

the imaginary garden with real toads

Sunday Mini Challenge

Also posted on:

Open Link Night ~ Week 54

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Photo credit:  Imaginary Garden With Read Toads Sunday Challenge

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on July 23, 2012, in D’verse Poets Pub, imaginary garden with real toads, Poetry, wordless wednesday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. Oh my goodness!! I love your last three lines!!! Great poem!

  2. ha fun with books…i know curious….smiles…and where the wild things are…child with upside down book made me smile at the memories…

  3. This is so cute! Great write!

  4. Upside down book ~~ yep, little ones do make sense of them!! Wonderful poem.

  5. Love this! Really enjoyed #2.

  6. Sweet…brings back nice memories 🙂

  7. Deeper than the words – the symbols in these senryu move the reader from the innocence of childhood to the places turned upside down, to the challenges beyond childhood tales. Beautiful.

  8. Love this. The image of the child reading the book upside down is priceless because, they do try to…lol Living life forward… nice!
    Lovely read Tammy.

  9. Got to love number one. Just have to. Awesome write right there.

  10. What’s very sweet is when a child (who can’t read) reads you a story. Love this.

  11. love this whimsical piece 🙂

  12. child with upside down book
    living life forward…love it…

  13. This made me feel a child again. Whimsical fun!

  14. Never mind if’s upside down. It’s on the way to a very good habit. Seen lots of time this happened. Nicely done Tammy!


  15. Really cool poem. Love the way it leads the reader in one direction and make a smooth change to something new. Awesome.

  16. I like the play with children’s books here.

  17. Aww, when my son was young, he loved to be read to. Would hold his books, didn’t matter that they were upside down, knew the words by heart! Great capture of both childhood and the fictional characters we’ve all grown to know as parents!

  18. This made me smile, of course!

  19. A lovely sunny happy poem.

  20. Yes magic has happened when I’ve surrendered. 😉

  21. How cute is this….I remember my daughter reading a book upside down…in truth she has memorized all the words in a story 🙂

  22. Very cute – great pic, love the books chosen. k .

  23. what wonderful worlds we travel in books and in childhood =) great poems

  24. charming write, filled with memories for me. ~ Rose

  25. Awesome poem, and I love the photo! It looks like my little sister at that age!

  26. This was so inviting and imaginative! I loved it~ Yours is wonderful~ 😀
    SO much charm in these words attached to our memories!

  27. Love when a verse weaves in so many tales, great job!

  28. I love the contrast between life lived forward and the upside down book being read backwards. I’ve seen that so often.

  29. well-integrated sequence

  30. This is so cool. I know how kids do this and it’s so fun that you join in with the playfulness. As always, your fascination with alternative ways of looking at the world is great.

  31. Ah I think a child can read more in an upside-down book than we adults who live in a logical world could ever guess.

  32. So cute. Ugly Duckling? Where the Wild Things Are? Curious George? All ‘popped’ into my head! Love it.

  33. These senryu wafted a smile across my face.

  34. I love that! The children’s book section is the first section I go into when I go to any bookstore. The illustrations just draw me in.

  35. A very nice poem. I loved the way you conveyed your message.

  36. Cute! Love how children can read books upside down without hesitation.

    Happy WW and thanks for linking up!

  37. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your poem with me,

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  38. Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday and Observing Beauty at I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this week! I hope to see you again soon.
    Have a great week,

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