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Ash Lamp
by Cryssa C
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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This poem is based on Charlie's poem, "A Couple of Lines." She provided a couple of lines and I filled in the rest.

 too late at night
but too early for bed,
read a girl
with stars in her smile

she covered my lamp
and her head in a book
with a shade made
of plastic and coverlets

the hour grew late
the book lost its charm,
but the light continued to burn
‘til it burned the plastic and coverlet

she had hoped to awake
dreaming of love
but instead...
she found all that remained

was the taste
of a mouthful of ashes

and a burned out lamp
for her bed 

The story is true , but has a happy ending.  Seeing the mess that resulted from the plastic and bedspread melting to the lamp, our always creative mom took it and painted a lovely mountain scene on the shade of the lamp...making it better than new.  She turned that ash lamp into a masterpiece...


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/28/2010
thought provoking read
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 8/11/2010
I remember that happening to my son. He wanted to dim the light from a lamp and it started the cloth on fire. Good work
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 4/25/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 4/23/2010
Clever mom and equally clever poem. I like. J'nia
Reviewed by Paul Judges 4/23/2010
Very well done, Cryssa
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/23/2010
The poem left a taste of ashes on the tongue...


Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/22/2010
Wonderful picture and poem, Cryssa; so good to see you here! I've missed you! Well done; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Charlie 4/22/2010
True story. However, the book never lost its charm. It was Little Women. I just fell asleep because I could not put it down.

And I still feel the urge to "fix" those last lines (because that's how they came to me)...
...she had hoped to awake
with a smileful of love
and a life like the book
she had read,

...but instead, all she got
was a mouthful of ashes
and a burned-out lampshade
for her bed

Fix accomplished. I razz you bad, I know. But I love you. And I really am sorry about burning up your lamp and coverlet. Mama did truly have the knack of creating beauty out of chaos. --Charlie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/22/2010
t5his is a great poem and story!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/22/2010
Ah, creativity at its best and what a wonderful sharing....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/22/2010
A wonderful sharing, Cryssa. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Smita Tewari 4/22/2010
one can make heaven out of hell!
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Reviewed by Ahna C 4/22/2010
I love it! Those late night reading urges must be a family gene:) "she had hoped to awake dreaming of love but instead..." you made me laugh, I love the way you wrote the story so simply and in such a fun way:) that definitely is my favorite lamp with it's gorgeous scene. But I think R might be in danger of the same situation if she's not careful...hee,hee,hee...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/22/2010
... as I have learned from Charlie's Mom In The Kitchen write, your mother was an AMAZINGLY talented and creative woman for whom mothering was as natural as breathing... Totally inspirational, Cryssa, in both subject matter and narrative. Mom's usually have the nack for recreating mayhem into recreational marvels! That extra-special mountain scene will live on in your minds far longer than the original shade. Lovely, thank you. Kate xx
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