Holding Demons at Bay with Her Left Hand


detail from Shelle Kennedy’s “Madonna of the Flowers”
find Shelle on her blog, Etsy shop, and Facebook

Her right one’s busy, juggling responsibility and freedom; song and silence, keyboard and keys. Counting toes and syllables. Keeping one eye closed so the Safety Fairy doesn’t just keel over dead, once and for all. It’s no small thing to ponder, in a world fraught and fought with danger. It’s no big deal to sing when the world is this color of blue.

sky’s a blue spill
of song and robin coo.
spring’s got baby teeth.


Prompted by Magaly’s April is the Cruelest Month




This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Holding Demons at Bay with Her Left Hand

  1. now, that’s a word picture…spring’s got baby teeth:) I also like that it’s no big deal to sing when the world’s this color. your safety fairy is a busy woman…keep one eye on that 3D world.

  2. Shawna says:

    This is super rad, girly.

    Safety Fairy??? Too cool.

  3. Every child needs a Safety Fairy, even if they think they don’t. Babes grow strangely without song, without that ever-watching eye, without a loving heart that appreciates the beauty and sharpness of their baby teeth.

    This is yummy, De. ♥

  4. shelle says:

    I have read, and reread, and left your post to come back and read (or should I say ‘absorb’) once more… This resonates with me and is a delicious extension to Magaly’s prompt. As an ageing Madonna whose husband (my Big F) smuggled my work into the maternity ward (working for yourself has a couple of drawbacks haha) and raised my 2 children in a home office, anxiety and exhaustion were constant companions, and yes, the safety fairy, hovering, flitting between so many tasks, a great image… I love ‘springs got baby teeth’ somehow the new life will grow, take what nurture is needed and use as a defense if danger gets too close. Love your haibun so much!!!
    Ohh and thank you for linking my Facebook and all x

  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I love this 😀 Spring’s got baby teeth.. indeed! ❤ ❤

  6. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Brilliant! I especially love “Sky’s a blue pill”. It’s needed in a world fraught with danger.

  7. I love the line about the safety fairy and springs got baby teeth.

  8. tsdwords says:

    So much to juggle! And loving Spring has baby teeth ❤

  9. Rommy says:

    The Safety Fairy needs more arms than an octopus with all that she’s juggling! It reminds me a bit of the early days with my first born, when I just started working from home while being a mom.

Use your words.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.