You Clever, Clever Thing

Have you ever noticed shapes in the clouds?
Faces in your cereal?
Characters in the rose print bathroom tiles?
A parsnip that looks like Elvis….?

This is my theory on why I think the Earth is a child.

Imagine for a moment that you are really cool
(this is often the hard bit for me)
and in the sixth grade of Primary School.
Two years below you is a round, happy-go-lucky, eager-to-please
little Earth.

The Earth is smaller than you
so you don’t take much notice… unless you have to
you have no lunch money.
A chubby Earth is easy to bail up in the school corridor
and it’s almost too easy to say…

“Give me your lunch money
Or I’ll punch you in the guts!”

You might think that this sounds a little funny
but remember that the Earth is littler than you -
it can’t take care of itself – like you can….

And what if we could follow Earth to it’s weekly art class??

The ruddy Earth smiles and whistles on it’s way to class
even though it’s rounded shoulders
and puppy fat back bears a sign which reads
Kick Me.

In class –
all the students are making macaroni wall art
for their Mums for Mothers Day.

Johnny is making a likeness of a cow with a gun.
Miranda is making a princess with a penne crown.
Alexander is making a cat
with a very fluffy tail.
(Lots of bits of spaghetti)
and then there is the Earth
who blows a saxophone shaped cloud out of it’s nostrils and says,
“Hey Johnnie, I made this for you.. Do you like it?”

“Hey Miranda!! Look at me!”..
while it blows out a unicorn shaped cloud
that turns into a gorilla…

“Hey Alexander.. Look! Look! Look!
a blown cloud racing car
that turns into a bear
that turns into a man with a bulbous nose
and a handlebar moustache.

Imagine the face on Earth
as it is ignored.
Feel it. Please.

Imagine you are the art teacher
guiding your class and you see little Earth
in the middle – yet on the fringes
blowing out
cloud tall-ships
computer chips
& mouths
your mother
my father
his sister
her brother
the Mona Lisa
an avocado
a prawn
a plum

your eyes may water
and the hairs on your arms might rise
on top of a million goosebumps…

You’ll see the Earth,
& be unable to stop yourself
from whispering
in it’s tiny ear

“I see who you are
I see what you can do
(even when the others can’t)
I think you are marvelous!
Thank you for being beautiful.
You clever,

the end
L.Kaye sept 2010

You Clever, Clever Thing by 

I wrote this tonight, in one sitting over a cup of tea after dinner by moonlight for my daughter…..
and because I am tired of telling her pretend Dorothy the Dinosaur stories.

she liked it. especially the violent bit. :)

It’s pretty fresh and unedited.


  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserover 4 years ago

    That is absolutely amazing! A great analogy. Maybe the Earth is like that. I like where you say remember the Earth is smaller than you, you have to take care of it. I hope you get featured with this!!

  • Hello. Thanks very much for your comment. What a cool thing to say. I’m very happy you like it. :)

    – limerick

  • Hey Hamper! The story was featured by RB. Thanks for hoping it. :)

    – limerick

  • Trudi Hipworth
    Trudi Hipworthover 4 years ago

    :) beautiful !

  • Thanks very Much. :)

    – limerick

  • atomikboy
    atomikboyover 4 years ago

    Time is a child at play, so they say…….and this is just fantastic,I managed to take myself back through the years,and hey….it worked for me!!!!

  • That’s an awesome comment. Thanks Dean!

    – limerick

  • zdepe
    zdepeover 4 years ago

    uhm…one thing I don’t like here..I don’t like " the end " on the end … I want more even my english is poor I can feel it ..a great story ..not only a bedtime story ..this is a all time story ..respect Kaye!

  • Thank you thank you thank you.

    – limerick

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    AWESOME miss L. I love the little earth and I wouldn’t pick on him….he can be a pal of mine any day.

  • Sweetie, You’d be the very best friend for little Earth. I know it. xxx

    – limerick

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadover 4 years ago

    Genius, is cool too… and so are you.

  • thanks Marky mark. Love your guts.

    – limerick

  • donnamalone
    donnamaloneover 4 years ago

    goosebumps and prickling tears… i think i got it…thank you Lim….

  • x

    – limerick

  • jimbeau
    jimbeauover 4 years ago

    A wild imagination you have! Heartwarming story… do you write childrens books? You’re a natural.

  • :) Thanks for your cool comment, Jim.

    – limerick

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveover 4 years ago

    you are way cool…hey yeah I can imagine all this like yesterday, today and tomorrow…and those little round shoulders with the note on their back that says kick me…I love the way the earth blows all this out of her nose…ahh you’re a natural born story teller..night night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite…zzzzzz

  • Hey Chick!! Cheers.

    – limerick

  • Blake Steele
    Blake Steeleover 4 years ago

    So, so good. What a twirl of imaginative sugar, what a fusion of the inner child’s tender innocence with the wild primal, slow and sinuous excretion of Earth’s Life… all the beauty, flowing unceasingly, sacred, happy in potencies. This is utterly gargantuan good.

  • Hi Blake. Thank you for your lovely feedback. I am so pleased that you felt this. :)

    – limerick

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