The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts
I spent some quality time yesterday with the three-year-old daughter of a friend. She had me "reading books," which in this case did not mean what it usually does, and did not involve actual books or reading, but rather, holding a single-fold greeting card and pretending to read while making something up out of thin air. We did this for rather a long time, and I began to feel like Scheherazade spinning stories for a thousand and one nights. I suspected that Piper really just wanted to see how long I could keep it up. And if there had been a requirement that these "stories," usually less than a minute long, had to hold up as such in any way, I would have been in big trouble, but the three-year-old audience is very, very forgiving about such things, and seems to take great pleasure in the magical act of storytelling itself, regardless of the details of the story being told. Success is dependent on an entirely different factor:
The characters were moot
Plot and drama didn't matter
No weighty relevance or theme
There were marshmallow pajamas
Flying pizzas, plants of glass
Never matter whence inspired
Extemporaneous and free
Copyright © 2013 by Dave Grossman
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