Month: October 2012

On the Genius of Children and Monsters


To summarize the following article, a 12-year old boy got published when he recommended that his father, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, use pictures of Dungeons and Dragons monsters to resolve a question in psychology.

Do people look at eyes or faces?

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Three Eyes Vaalifu


Were fear to raise shrill voice

Or lungs to gasp a laboured breath

You would be heard and smelt and found

Long iron arms to bind you

Were shaking hands to lose purchase

Or feet to stumble and betray

You would be dragged back and down

A lipless mouth to claim you

Were a strong house to offer shelter

Or swift travel bear you away

Man of three eyes Vaalifu

Would still see and stalk his prey.

Happy Halloween.

© 2012, Elizabeth Cook

“I Wish I Were”


This is from the Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge, to finish a sentence beginning with “I wish I were”:

I wish I were the sun on high

Witness to an eternity

Of twilights falling over Earth

And over humanity

Myself the roiling light that saw

Darkness take on form

Chaos nursing galaxies

While my body warmed

Time in another measure,

If I were this planet’s star

My lifespan made tangible

A light-year near and far

For I would know vast distances

And universal beauties

And after human empire

I would learn what is to be

© 2012, Elizabeth Cook

Three Sisters’ Work


We card the soft and wiry strands

Fine for the noble, royally raised,

Coarse for he who works the land

Lustrous thick for the rich by trade,

And thin for the slavish brand.

We spin into threads the sorted heap,

Altering length and longevity

Full long for many years to reap,

And clipped short for those unlucky

Who will succumb to early sleep.

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Grocery Store War


I dreamt last night of a grocery store war

When you were my partner and we stalked the floor

Slipping down aisles, ducking below displays

You a sometime rogue and a sometime mage

Swift to ambush the enemy, or to raise your hands

And with verbal effects take your magical stand

Until we saw another pair in the deadly game

Mirror-made nemeses, even stealing our names

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Everything in One Room


The whole world is in this room, and pieces of the universe too.  A sample of this, a section of that, all compressed and made manageable for eyes that see in the third dimension. Or the fourth, depending on your reasoning. I have at my fingertips a collage of continents and centuries.  Life in its many guises runs through the collection that I call past, present, and future; although life is one of Earth’s younger inventions it crowds the room with colour.

When I speak of life I gloss over the first prehistoric cells and think of the complex and the beautiful instead.  Plants of a hundred different climes are here. With roots in the floor and stems above baseboard-level there are lotus flowers, Venus flytraps, a baobab tree.  Carboniferous ferns and cacti rub shoulders with deadly nightshade.

Just above the greenery the moving creatures make their appearance. (more…)