The Why Cowboy

Now, I’m not sure if I’ve banged on about it enough, but I recently I self published my A Monster Ate My Mum poem. The response so far has been overwhelming and I’m thrilled. It’s an amazing feeling to know you have reached out to people and are helping others that have suffered or are affected by post natal depression. The process of self-publishing has been exhausting, but extremely rewarding, and now I’ve done it once I am confident it will be easier next time. And…oh yes…there will be a next time!

Which brings me to today’s poem for Prose4T, hosted by the lovely and tremendously supportive Vic Welton Now this is very much a work in progress, but I wanted to get a feel for whether it would work or not. The idea was originally called ‘The Why Monster’ and was intended to focus on a children’s tendency to always ask ‘why?’ Over time it has developed into more of a magical, imaginative adventure story and, as I’ve just written a book about monsters (did I mention that already?!) I have changed it to a cowboy…but who knows, it could end up being a pirate or a spaceman!

So here is the beginning, let me know what you think…

The Why Cowboy

Alf sat down and had a look,
Wanted to read his favourite book.
It was on a shelf, way up high.
‘Not now,’ said mum. Alf wondered ‘why?’

He loved that book, he loved to read.
It was a very good book indeed.
He wanted that book, he wanted it now,
The challenge was to think of how!

He heard a small voice in his ear,
A cheeky voice that whispered clear,
‘Let’s climb the mountain, reach up tall,
Let’s get that book, not be so small.’

A little cowboy was at his side,
‘Hello!’ The little cowboy cried.
Alf looked at mum, and then the book.
He went to climb, she went to cook.

The shelf was on the playroom wall,
Oh how Alf wished that he were tall.
The cowboy said ‘We need some stairs,
Let’s use your cuddly toys and bears.’

To be continued…

Prose for Thought

17 Comments on The Why Cowboy

  1. redpefferIona@Redpeffer
    October 31, 2013 at 8:42 am (4 years ago)

    Definitely a winner with me. You have a great way with rhyme which isn’t as easy as it looks.

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much 🙂

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  2. Stephanie
    October 31, 2013 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

    Sweet! Big congratulations on the book, so pleased for you!

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you lovely x

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  3. Victoria Welton (@VicWelton)
    October 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I really, really like this – great idea. I was thinking maybe the Why Elf or Imp – it makes it cheeky that way and well as suiting either gender 🙂 ! Thank you so much for your lovely, kind words about me 🙂 I am looking into my children’s book idea too – would love some tips when you have a mo. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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  4. Helen
    October 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely- it sounds great read aloud too!

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Yippee thank you!

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  5. blueberetmum
    October 31, 2013 at 7:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah – I love the title and the poem 🙂

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Yay thank you!

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol, fancy illustrating again?! 😉

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Hehe yes I like that line too!

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  6. Jaime Oliver
    October 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

    fantastic honey i loved it x

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Excellent, thanks honey x

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  7. Wicked World of Lucas
    November 2, 2013 at 6:22 am (4 years ago)

    Well it’s worked for me so far – cannot wait for the next instalment #prose4t

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    • instinctivemum
      November 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Brilliant, thank you!

      Reply

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