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Bright Star
by Barbara Spring

Saturday, October 10, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Childhood games


When I was a little girl

The neighborhood boys

Would not let my friends and me

play war.


We wanted to flop on our bellies like they did

Making shooting noises

Then running behind bushes

Running and dodging.

It looked like so much fun.


They told Sally and Nancy and me

We could not shoot guns

And I had a gun that shot corks

I had begged for so I could play.


Bill told us we had to be nurses

And pretended he was wounded

And we had to pull him uphill

In my Radio flyer coaster wagon.


We did not fall for that

And went back to making clover chain

Necklaces, bracelets and rings

All summer long we skated

And played our pretend games.


At night we listened to the cicadas

Buzzing in our locust trees

And we looked up at one bright star.

I think it was Keats’ Bright Star.

I’m sure it was.



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Reviewed by Barbara Terry 10/19/2010
I had a part of a childhood like this, but then mother slammed the door in face and said stay out. I never knew what it was like to dance with a boy, to have him kiss me after a date. Whoopie Goldberg has nothing over me, because I am the original girl interrupted.

But for a few years I was able to make clover chains and friendship bracelets. Why was it all taken away?

Yes I agree with Mary, these girls learned of peace, not war, and maybe it was male chauvinism, but the girls also learned patience as well as peace. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister Barbie.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 10/10/2009

Perhaps a bit of child male chauvinism, but it was for the best. The little girls learned of peace, not war. This was beautifully written and reminds one of their own childhood.


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