Stories

March 11, 2021 - Once Upon A Dark Time

 

Army of Ink Once upon a time

Once Upon A Dark Time …

…in a land of smiles, bad things happened.  Children were broken into.  Nothing said.  Nothing done.  And so the innocent grew, not up, but small.  But this was not to be the end.  In the darkness little helpers gathered spilling rich black into soft white sheets.  Tailoring picture books to fill empty spaces.  Telling truth that grew much taller than a world too big to fit.  Until size no longer mattered and little souls were reawakened by the rhythms and rhymes of songs that carried them all the way home – ensuring they’d never be beaten again.

Footnote:  This story (from 2014) reflects The Black Dog Project’s focus on the safety, well being and rights of children and young people – and the idea of making books and gifting them to young people in the community through  sponsorship.  Find in Clunk & Jam 2019 book.  Original story in handmade book, ‘Rock The Boat’, 2009.  Handwriting by Maggie).

March 11, 2021 - Army of Ink – Out The Bad Apples

 

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Sometimes you have to find a way of separating the badness from your self .

There are so many of us who have been given a bad apple.  It is the worst thing in the world to receive.   Just like having a bad apple in your bag, it rots – eventually ruining everything.  This little soldier has a story about ‘outing’ bad apples – and rising from the ruin …..

… Someone put a bad apple in her bag once, and although she was sure people could tell something was wrong, she didn’t show anyone the apple because it was so bad – and she worried it would make them feel bad too.

The little girl’s greatest fear became that if she ever took the bad apple out, or someone discovered it, they wouldn’t want her anymore.  They’d think she was bad.  She forever longed for someone to  get rid of the bad apples for her.

On most days, she wished the bad apples had been put in someone else’s bag.

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November 16, 2020 - Army of Ink Wings On Feet

 

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Imagine having wings on your feet….

You’d never be trodden on again.  You’d be able to see exactly what was coming.  Where you were going.  And always have a safe place to fly up, up and away from it all.  

Footnote:   Sometimes imagining we have super powers or a super power watching over us can get us through a tough spot (Mary Poppins ‘spit, spot’ comes to mind).  Wings on feet?  Astro Boy?  Maybe it leaves her hands free?  To do what?  Take the world off her shoulders perhaps?  But there’s no world in the drawing?  Maybe others can’t see how much the weight of the world affects her – she feels it alone.   Or could it be a muscle man (woman) pose?  Flexing her muscles and being strong?  Or it could be a shrug – ‘I don’t know, don’t ask me? I don’t have all the answers.’   And with wings on her feet she’s forever safe from falling – being hurt.  Up, up and away is such a comforting thought when things get tough.

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Reposted from 2014).

March 15, 2020 - Army of Ink Dream Time

 

 

Army of Ink Salute .

It is these inky things that stand me up when I slip up back.  Show me forward into places I wouldn’t go all by myself.  Write the wrongs through poems and songs.  Create picture books of what I can’t tell.  Hold me in a silent vigil when I bump and stop.  Slow a world too big ad fast into moments precious and still.

It is these inky things that turn the deep end into a puddle I can jump over.  Fear into something I can see.  Anger into rock the boat defiance (like a wee rabbit thumping its foot).  Shift loneliness into along wrapped in a nice warm blanket.  Shrink pain to a hurt more my size.  Make difference and smallness fell like a snug old fit.  Every knock a trip to somewhere new.

And when night arrives … they snuggle beneath my pillow soft like a hidden treat.  Riding the rise and fall of a slumbering breath.  Catching sweet dreams and soft sounds that awaken a brand new day.

 

(Reposted from 2010.   See also,  ‘Peacemakers Plot’, ‘Once Upon A Dark Time‘.    All Army of Ink here. In Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Original handwriting by Mags, with a chook feather from Ruth’s farm in Yallingup, Western Australia for handmade book, ‘Rock The Boat’, 2009.)

 

December 23, 2019 - Army of Ink Only One Left

 

 

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Occasionally she lost sight of hope. 

(Clunk & Jam, 2019 book).

 

hope

 

Art by George Frederic Watts (1886).  Original in colour.

Martin Luther King Jr based his 1959 sermon, ‘Shattered Dreams’, on the theme of a 1886 painting called, ‘Hope’.

Excerpt:

‘We must determine how we live in a world where our highest hopes are not fulfilled.  What does one do under such circumstances?

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October 24, 2019 - Army of Ink Mind Your Language

 

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What’s with all the smiley faces – things are not really that great.

The one thing she disliked most was false optimism  🙂   And it was making its mark everywhere, particularly in emails and text messages  🙂  Sometimes people even shouted happiness :)!!! But was all this just a disguise?  Were people really that happy  :/  She sensed the world increasingly turning away from those who weren’t feeling all that happy right now 🙁   Opting for the pretense of living fairy tale lives:)  That made her feel sad.  🙁   As did the effect of so many colons and wrong way brackets consuming a perfectly good language.

See this Rose who is free from the labor of smiling.  This Rose about dealing with all matters of the emotional kind.  This Rose is curious about the origin of sadness.

(Clunk & Jam book 2019)