Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Magic Snakes Rules

image courtesy of Tess at magpie tales



Magic Snakes Rules



We always played games in the car

until mum threatened to throw the snakes out the window if we weren’t quiet

we’d watch the clock blink until we could speak again

those were the rules.

We listened to the Magic Pudding:

one snake each

and then we heard James and the Giant Peach and

then we had two snakes.

I always wanted the green ones and Petal always wanted the yellow ones.

We played eye-spy and spelling-bee and

we sang along to Bananas in Pyjamas and

I sang the Queen of the Night

and we all had one snake each.

Petal fell asleep and Mum took over the driving

We listened to Mowgli and the Enormous Crocodile and

Dad ate all the red ones

I fell asleep and Mowgli’s crocodile fed snakes to the Magic Flute

Mum never did throw them out the window.




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20 comments:

120 Socks said...

Great magpie, and great endings. Mothers rarely carry through on their threats and love the dad eating all the red ones. They are my favourite.

Also, thanks for following, I tried to follow you too, but think I did something wrong - will check back later to make sure.

jabblog said...

Delightful memories of childhood car journeys - they seemed to go on forever, sometimes. I take it 'snakes' are soft sweets, something like our jelly babies? Make mine lemon or lime, please.

mindlovemisery said...

I didn't get you were talking about candy at first so it was a very strange family memory to me lol Now though it makes sense and its very sweet!

Friko said...

Without rules the games just wouldn't have been the same.
Routines are what we remember most vividly, they become a part of who we are.

This is a lovely take on the prompt.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Yummy - wiggly worms and car games amd sweet little children. Excellent memory jogger.

Anna :o]

Helen said...

Your Magpie is incredibly sweet!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Are we there, yet?

Mama Zen said...

This is such a sweet and clever take on the picture!

thingy said...

I love this journey. : )

indiwriter said...

What a lovely innocent fantasy, Isabel! brought back childhood memories..

Dave King said...

I enjoyed this very much.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Our three daughters favored
gummy bears, but gummy worms
were big on the long car ride
agenda too. Loved the lyrical
and humorous take on the
prompt, and I say,
"Let them eat snakes."

Willow said...

Beautiful, wonderful, excellent reverie of childhood and a bright and loving Mum and a Dad who ate all the red ones.

Anna said...

Clever response to the magpie! Those long car rides -- bringing back memories.

annell said...

Sometime to adore!

Strummed Words said...

Reminds me of family trips years ago! Colorful candy!

Mary said...

Your poem made me reminisce about what we did on car journeys! Nice nostalgic write.

Jinksy said...

Jelly snakes? Land sakes!

lucychili said...

we used to have a crocodile puppet that we would wave out the window
and when other cars would wave back we would cheer =)

nimaruichi said...

Loved where you took this one.