Stories

May 2, 2020 - 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 reflects Black Dog’s underground publishing ethos and led to the idea of making books and gifting them to young people in the community through  sponsorship.  Find in Clunk & Jam 2019, original story in handmade book, ‘Rock The Boat’, 2009).

April 28, 2020 - World Won’t Wait

 

world won't wait tree house

 

World Won’t Wait .

He felt so burdened by the despicable acts of others.  A cutting despair at not being able to get there on time to save the suffering souls, the ice from melting, trees from falling down around the corner.

Lost in the shadow of shame, cast by human kind, knowing all too well the dread awful things that come to the weak, the marginalised, the strong – and those who resist.

He carried this burden from morning into night, until one day he woke to a different tune.  In the tune he caught himself feeling his own sadness, borne from the quest to save all that felt.

Cast in his own time, he could feel every aching inch of his broken self.  The closeness to his own end.  Where he surrendered to the grueling battle.  Stopped in time to mend.

 

world won't wait little boat

 

References:  ‘Hope’ painting by George Frederic Watts, 1886.  With just one remaining in her lyre – she played on.  Little boat reference, the movie, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, 2009.  Original childrens picture book by Maurice Sendak, 1963.   Find in Clunk & Jam book.

See ‘Strength In Wild Imagination’.   Both in Clunk & Jam book)

April 18, 2020 - Think Different

 

black dog

 

Why didn’t the Black Dog cross the road?  Because he wanted to wonder a while at the masses marching in blind faith.

Why didn’t the Black Dog cross the road?  Because green’s not always right – and red’s not always wrong.

Why didn’t the Black Dog cross the road?   Because he wasn’t ready to go yet.

(See also ‘Good Difference’, ‘Being Different Is No Joke’, ‘Difference Matters‘.

(Clunk & Jam book)

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.)

 

March 4, 2020 - Good Difference

 

stormie

 

What if being different meant you’d never be alone again ?

Imagine…if those of us who felt different could be strengthened in our difference through the sharing of stories….which wouldn’t mean we’d all become the same ….but we might feel less alone in our difference….

(Art by Stormie Mills‘Clunk & Jam’ book –  a collection of art and stories championing diversity and difference.)

 

(Ash Browne).

January 13, 2020 - The Crossing

 

 

The Crossing .

One day I will swim out to the seaweed.    And I swam for the longest time to know the place where I now rest.     But let me not forget to look far back into the distance.    Cast the mind before the deep unknown.    Feel the fear in every stroke as I made that crossing.     As I make it still each day.

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Pictured, Hansel & Gretel).