Express yourself

This is a space for self-expression, creativity, anything you might do to perhaps forget about cancer. Post photos of art, songs, poems, photos of any adventures you've been on - anything you like. Don't be shy, go ahead and express yourself!

Innocence of children

DaveyBo
Posted by

I do a lot of reading and enjoy a wide range of subjects and try to alternate each book so that I don't get bogged down in one genre.  I have just read a historical novel set around 1135 and this is a section from it which, because I'm a softie and have a good imagination, I could picture this and found it very moving.

...A small boy was playing in a noxious puddle of rainwater and dung near the stable wall, leaping in and out of it, shouting loudly each time he made a splash.  He was perhaps five or six years old, and clad in a woollen tunic of bright blue and brown hood. he had removed his shoes and placed them neatly to one side of the water, but there was no redeeming his garments.  Will gave a broad chuckle and folded his arms. 'He's in trouble when his mother catches him,' he said.

'We buried his mother just before you arrived,' Adeliza replied. 'She was a leper at the hostel. I daresay he's given his nurse the slip. He's as swift as an elver.' She clapped her hands. 'Adam!' Her voice was peremptory.

He jumped at her shout and anxiety furrowed his smooth pale brow.  'I was only breaking up the sky in the picture,' he said in a high-pitched treble.

'Look at the state of you! Where's Hella?'

The child thrust out his lower lip. 'Don't know.'

'Why were you breaking up the sky?' Will asked.

'Because I thought I might look through it to heaven and see my mama again, ' he said. 'I can't break the sky with my hands because I can't reach it.'

I can picture a young child being innocent to do and say all the above.

greg777
Posted by

Hi David,

I really like the imagery in this. Many thanks for sharing!

Greg

DaveyBo
Posted by

Glad you liked it Greg.  Now I know about this group I will put on any others I come across.

buttercup01
Posted by

I read a lot too, incl historical novels ( tho mainly mysteries). I shall look out for interesting snippets to share. Have u noticed how so often cancer' s used as a quick killing off of a character?

In these days when many of us r living with cancer to me it's just a lazy author's trick 

Fear of the unknown is the worst thing. Once we know what we're facing, we find the strength to deal with it.
DaveyBo
Posted by

I use an app on my tablet called MoonReader and I download from Feedbooks and Project Gutenburg.  There 000's of free books of all genres to choose from - many others writing in the time of Austen, Hardy, Dickens etc were never famous but wrote some good work.  My main reason for choosing these is that, unlike modern works, they do not contain swear words.  Totally sick of getting books from the library and get 75% through, totally enjoying it, then up pops a few swear words.  For good mysteries Edgar Wallace, Anna Katherine Green and Ann Ratcliffe are my favourites but there are many more.

buttercup01
Posted by

Thanks for info

Fear of the unknown is the worst thing. Once we know what we're facing, we find the strength to deal with it.