Irrational urge

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Do you know that irrational urge
to climb a tree?
To settle in the purple wake
of day?


poem and photo by Rachel McAlpine

Once upon a time

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Once upon a time there was
a once upon a time
and it lived in a cottage
with a mother and a father.

It was grabbed by an eagle
and married to a monster
and is living ever after
once upon a forest and a time.

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Rachel McAlpine

(Image from Rod and Gun, 1898 via Internet Archive Book Images)

Healthy Things

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I should never be sick
’cause we have Healthy Things
(says Ruby).

They’re little tiny small things
and they’re a lion. Here, I’ll draw one for you.
There are arrows pointing to their tummy,
with skin dots, pale, very hard to see.

You should always have one a day
so you don’t get sick.
Well, I’ve got the hiccups inside my tummy
so I should have had more.

They taste like — how can I describe it?
Say you were cooking a Healthy Thing
and you just needed two ingredients:
an orange and some salt.

You squeeze out the juice and mix it up,
pour it into a salt bowl
and it turns into a a Healthy Thing.
Hm, how can I describe it?

It tastes like lemon with sour salt.
They’re called Healthy Things
because they’re Healthy
and because they’re Things.

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Rachel McAlpine

Advice from Ruby, aged 4 or 5