“All glory comes from daring to begin.” ― Ruskin Bond

Throwback Thursday.

I don’t normally opt into the whole #TBT thing, but this just seemed to perfect to pass up!

I recently came across an old book while unpacking one of the many forgotten boxes of my belongings which occupy our storage room.

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Those of you who live in East Anglia might be familiar with this little gem. This book was published by the group Young Writers, an organisation which runs competitions at primary schools for children to submit poetry and the like. The lucky winners have their work published in a book which is available to buy direct from the organisation.

This edition, from 2000, which no doubt once had pride of place on my parents’ book shelf, includes a poem written by me at the tender age of ten.

Warning: Contains scenes which some may find distressing.

The Prince of Darkness
Black cat snoozing in the sunlight,
You are the prince of darkness,
Coat like charcoal as black as night.
Your eyes are like two red hot embers,
Shining in the darkness.
Your call is like a lion’s roar echoing in
My mind.
You flick your tail to and fro to warn
Off unwanted predators.
Your teeth are like sharpened rows of
Sharpened daggers, sinking into the
Innocent flesh of poor helpless mice.
You prowl the forest all night long
Searching for your midnight snack.

Ominous isn’t it? I especially like the repetition of the word ‘sharpened’, it really emphasises the sharpness of that cat’s teeth.

2 thoughts on ““All glory comes from daring to begin.” ― Ruskin Bond

  1. I was in a young writers compilation too! My entry was not as good as this though. It was a rhyming poem from the perspective of a dead WWII soldier.

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    • Do you still have it? I was in another one A Day in the Life of… Which was diary entries of famous people past and present. But I have no idea where it is now. I did Marilyn Monroe and wrote about her despairing at having her skirt constantly blown up, and thinking about committing suicide. I was such an odd child!

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